A Wahiawa brush fire has cancelled classes at four schools in the area.
The Department of Education announced classes will be cancelled for Tuesday for following schools.
- Leilehua High School
- Wahiawa Elementary School
- Iliahi Elementary School
- Wahiawa Middle School
On Monday, fire officials reported a flare-up that prompted evacuations for residents who live on Puninoni Street, Puninoni Place, Nonohe Street and Nonohe Place at around 4:30 p.m. The mandatory evacuation was lifted around 8 p.m. when officials determined the fire was no longer a threat to homes.
Federal, state and county firefighters are battling a blaze that started in the Ewa forest reserve Poamoho section over the weekend.
The fire is just 10 percent contained, and has burned 475 acres.
Thick smoke filled the air in Wahiawa and surrounding areas.
“There have been ashes everywhere, and it burns because it’s hot. My dogs they are golden labs – they were black because they were covered in ashes,” said resident Madison Richardson.
Fifty firefighters from four different agencies are fighting this fire including Honolulu Fire Department, DLNR Division of Forestry and WIldlife, the U.S. Army Fire Department, and the Federal Fire Dept.
“The incident commander has estimated this this will be a long term situation. It is hard to get to places because there is a lot of steep terrain, inaccessible areas,” said Honolulu Fire Department Captain Jenkins.
One firefighter was treated for a non-life threatening injury to his leg.
Firefighters will continue to monitor this blaze.
“It was scary because my friends were playing and there was ash flying down,” said resident Jolie Abanes.
The Hawaii Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at Wahiawa District Park for affected residents, in coordination with the Department of Emergency Management. It was staffed by the Department of Parks and Recreation and Red Cross.
Emergency Management volunteers also helped Honolulu police with traffic control.
Seventeen fire trucks, tankers, or other apparatus are working the fire along with seven helicopters — four DOFAW contract and three Blackhawks from the U.S. Army — conducting bucket drops of water.
The cause of the fire is not known at this time.
One Honolulu firefighter was reported to be hospitalized Sunday with non-life-threatening injuries.