Three agencies battle two separate brush fires in Wahiawa

Fire crews from three separate agencies are working together to contain two brush fires in Wahiawa.

Crews from the Honolulu Fire Dept., the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the Federal Fire Dept. are involved in containment efforts.

The first brush fire is located in the Poamoho section of the Ewa Forest Reserve, one-mile above the northeast of California Avenue. It was first reported a little after 4 p.m. Saturday and has been burning since then.

About a day after the first fire sparked, Honolulu firefighters were dispatched to a second fire a little after 3 p.m. Sunday also in Wahiawa, near the address of 2206 California Avenue.

DLNR has had 13 of its forest firefighters battling the blaze alongside 17 Honolulu fire companies.

One Honolulu firefighter was reported to be hospitalized Sunday with non-life-threatening injuries.

Helicopters also joined firefight, including Honolulu Fire Department’s Air One and two contracted by DLNR. Another helicopter is expected to come from Maui.

Although crews have ceased air operations Sunday evening, firefighters will continue to battle the flames overnight.

Firefighters will also keep watch on several residences near the scene of the second fire overnight for safeguarding.

Federal firefighters were also involved Sunday, but concentrated their efforts to battle the forest reserve blaze, which has burned approximately 75 acres, as of 4 p.m. Sunday and is now approaching the area know as East Range. It’s current size involves four acres. Firefighters hoped to have at least 10 percent of the fire contained by the end of the Sunday.

The second fire was reported have burned at least 30 acres as of 9 p.m. Sunday.

There are a couple of factors that are making the firefight difficult: The very steep terrain, mainly for the first fire, and windy conditions.

DLNR says 60 percent of the plant life on the forest reserve are native plants, such as koa, ohia and uluhe.




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