Brush fire evacuations in Waianae for second day

Published On: Jun 05 2012 08:39:55 AM HST
Updated On: Jun 05 2012 04:51:47 PM HST

The massive brush fire in Waianae struck an orchid farm Tuesday morning.

WAIANAE, Hawaii -

Residents along Haleahi Road are being asked to evacuate for a second day in a row, according to fire officials.

Honolulu police are also asking that residents of Waianae Valley, especially Kuwale and Haleahi Roads, to remain clear of the area so firefighters can continue operations.

As of 1 p.m., there are no homes in danger.  But, residents should remain cautious until this fire is brought under control and extinguished.

Fire officials said there are two areas that are actively burning.  One area is near Kuwale Road and the other is a section in the valley that is burning into the forest reserve.

Part of an orchid farm off of Waianae Valley Road was damaged from flames Tuesday morning.

About 1,000 acres were burned, according to fire officials, and it's the largest fire in the state this year.

The brush fire broke out at around 1 p.m. Monday just off Lualualei Homestead Road and it burned over the ridge line.

About a dozen residents evacuated their homes due to the smoke.

A Red Cross shelter was opened at 7 p.m. Monday at at Waianae District Park at 85-601 Farrington Highway.

No one has been reported injured in the fire.

The Waianae Coast Neighborhood Board No. 24 has cancelled its meeting Tuesday night due to the meeting facility being utilized by the Red Cross as an emergency shelter for residents affected by the wildfire.

We will update you on the brush fire tonight on KITV4 News at 5, 6 and 10 and throughout the day on KITV.com.

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