HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fire crews fought nearly two hours to contain a brush fire at one of Hawaii's best known landmarks. Fueled by high winds, the blaze scorched about two acres on the exterior of the Diamond Head State Monument before it was contained.
"I just think it's shocking. I run this area everyday. Five to seven days a week and don't expect to see this, especially on Diamond Head. This is one of the most pronounced landmarks here," said Saint Louis Heights resident Victoria Sherwood.
Fire crews flew a helicopter over the fire and doused it more than a dozen times with water. They also used fire hand lines to prevent the blaze from spreading.
A total of 12 fire companies with 37 crew members responded to the fire.
No damages or injuries were reported but fire officials were forced to deploy personnel in the crater to safeguard sensitive communications equipment.
Police also blocked off a portion of Diamond Head Road and redirected traffic onto Makapuu Avenue.
Fire officials say the blaze originated in a pile of rubbish. The specific cause has not been determined.
"It will be interesting to see what happened or what started the fire (because) we don't want the monument ruined," said Kaimuki resident Tyre Concagh.