The Hawaii Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter at Wahiawa District Park for residents affected by the brushfire that’s been burning all weekend.
There are mandatory evacuations for residents who live on Puninoni Street, Puninoni Place, Nonohe Street and Nonohe Place.
The Department of Emergency Management coordinated the shelter opening, and the Department of Parks and Recreation and Red Cross are staffing it. Emergency Management volunteers are also helping Honolulu police with traffic control.
High winds have reportedly flared up the fire, causing residents concern about the smoke and flames.
Four agencies are involved in fighting the fire that started in the Ewa Forest Reserve-Poamoho Section.
The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the U.S. Army Fire Department, the Federal Fire Dept., and the Honolulu Fire Dept. are all providing firefighting resources and equipment.
As of Monday morning, the Poamoho fire had burned an estimated 300 acres and is considered 10 percent contained, meaning that a fire line has been constructed around that percentage of the perimeter.
Approximately 50 firefighters from the four agencies are on the fire lines currently. 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 Honolulu Fire Department continues to provide structure protection on California Ave. in Wahiawa, because flames were spotted Sunday afternoon that were close to that neighborhood. Army and federal firefighters are providing structure protection in the Whitmore Village area.
Firefighters are working in very steep terrain that is difficult to access. The fire has been spread by 30-mile per hour wind gusts and is burning in an area with 60 percent native vegetation cover, including koa, ohia and uluhe fern. Eucalyptus is also common in the area.
Firefighters expect gusty winds Monday afternoon, adding to the difficulty of their control efforts.
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.