HFD: Brush fire that prompted evacuation of Kapolei mall scorches 9 acres
KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters worked vigorously Tuesday to extinguish yet another brush fire that burned in Leeward Oahu.
Officials said the Kapolei blaze, which scorched about 9 acres, was fully contained by 8:25 p.m.
It was first reported just after 3 p.m. near Renton Road and Kapolei Parkway.
Thick smoke was seen billowing for miles as almost 50 firefighters rushed to the scene.
The fire prompted the closure of Kapolei Parkway in both directions from Kualakai Parkway to Renton Road. That road reopened just after 7:30 p.m.
Ka Makana Alii was also evacuated around 4 p.m. Heavy smoke and the fire's proximity to the mall led HPD to block off entrances to the center, and mall security to order patrons out.
At one point, officials said the blaze was headed towards homes along Renton Road, but firefighters were able to stop it.
HFD says the flames were deemed under control by 5 p.m.
The Operations Manager of the Hawaiian Railway said there were tense moments as he watched he watched the fire quickly scorch the field next to their property.
"It probably didn't take 15 to 20 minutes to take out the field. We did have some concerns about the railroad equipment and our property, so we stationed a bunch of guys out here with extinguishers so if there were any hotspots we could put them out," Steve Vendt said.
Crews remained on scene into the evening to mop up and monitor any remaining hot spots.
It's too early to know what could've started the fire.
This brush fire is the latest in a string of fires that have plagued the state. On Oahu alone, at least two major fires were reported over the weekend, burning almost 9,000 acres total. Those fires continue to burn into the work week.
Details are developing. This story will be updated.
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