Large wildfire near Kahe Power plant chars over 200 acres

Firefighters battle large, wind-whipped brush fire near Kahe Power Plant
(Image: Keneth Rodriguez Santiago)
(Image: Keneth Rodriguez Santiago)
Firefighters are battling a brush fire near Kahe Power Plant. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Firefighters are battling a brush fire near Kahe Power Plant. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 100 customers in West Oahu remain without power as firefighters battle a wildfire near Kahe Power Plant.

The blaze started just before noon and is now under control and 80 percent contained. At one point officials say the flames came within 10 feet of several homes in the Kahe Point area.

The fire was caused when two high voltage lines came in contact with one another due to storm winds — sparking the blaze.

Fire Capt. Scot Seguirant said there is a fire break around the plant so it is not threatened.

But the flames were threatening a community, scorching 275 acres of land. And at least one person has been treated for smoke inhalation.

Brisk winds are complicating efforts to fight the fire, he said.

Also making things difficult: Because of the strong winds, firefighters can't do water drops from the air.

"It's definitely been challenging," he said. "The winds are not only strong, but unpredictable in direction."

Earlier Friday, the fire forced the closure of Farrington Highway for several hours on Friday afternoon.

More than 40 firefighters helped to fight the flames.

Earlier Friday, a pair of brush fires on Maui burned thousands of acres and damaged or destroyed at least seven homes.

This story will be updated.

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