Firefighters contain large blaze near Kunia Village that triggered evacuations
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters have contained a large brush fire in Kunia Village on Thursday night that forced more than 100 people to evacuate from their homes.
HFD said the fire broke out just before 8 p.m. near the former plantation camp, just south of Schofield Barracks.
Initially, two units with five personnel responded to the blaze, but after firefighters reported a ”large glow” while en route, an additional 13 HFD units and four Federal Fire Department units staffed with 45 firefighters were called to the scene.
Witnesses told HNN the blaze may have started as a warehouse fire before spreading to the dry brush.
“Right now, it’s about controlling the fire. It’s going off right now,” one resident said.
Because Kunia Village is located downwind of the fire, Honolulu police informed over 100 homeowners to evacuate for safety and health reasons. Residents were allowed to return to their homes at around 10:10 p.m. when firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control.
HFD said the fire came within 20 feet of some homes.
Officials said the blaze was fully contained just before 11 p.m.
While HFD said no homes were damaged due to the blaze, one firefighter sustained a minor injury while actively fighting the fire.
Authorities also said about four acres of brush, trees and grass were scorched.
This story may be updated.
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