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Nanakuli brush fire scorches 1K acres

Published: Mar. 18, 2016 at 12:42 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 19, 2016 at 2:03 PM HST
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NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - About 1,000 acres of land have burned since a brush fire started on the slope of the Nanakuli Valley's eastern ridge Thursday night.

Nearby residents had to evacuate as strong winds forced the fire down slope.

"It was just roaring through here, just orange red smoke led the way and flames behind it was just glowing the mountain," Nanakuli resident Joseph Momoa described.

Momoa and his wife grabbed what they could before leaving, including their dogs. Fire crews made their way in through their home to battle the blaze from the backyard.

"You can't help it," Momoa said. "It's mother nature at it's finest, we were scared but we knew we had to leave."

Fortunately, firefighters came just in time and contained the flames to the mauka side of a chain-link fence in Momoa's backyard.

"We came back and was so happy to see our houses still intact," said Momoa. "Most of my neighbors here were like 'Yes, yes.'"

A portion of the fire is still not contained, but fire officials said it is not threatening any structures. No injuries have been reported.

Two extra helicopters from the state's Division of Forestry and Wildlife were brought in to assist with water drops from above. Fire officials will continue to monitor the area overnight.

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