Crews battle Waianae brush fire for third day

Published On: Jun 06 2012 08:31:08 AM HST   Updated On: Jun 06 2012 05:46:42 PM HST
WAIANAE, Hawaii -

Honolulu firefighters were back in Waianae Wednesday to try and contain a massive brush fire that has scorched about 1,200 acres.

It's a third straight day for crews battling the largest brush fire in the state this year.

The fire near Kuwale Road was called contained by Wednesday afternoon.

There are no mandatory evacuations in place, and the emergency shelter set up at Waianae District Park closed at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Fire officials say  there is no imminent threat to property.

The fire began off Lualualei Homestead Road Tuesday afternoon.

The flames are burning on two fronts:  along the back of the valley into the forest reserve and another on the side of the ridge closer to Waianae Valley Road.

"I was just in shock at how close it got to our homes," said Waianae Valley Road resident Lori Carlos.  "Every year we deal with brush fires but I've lived up here for 20 plus years and I've never seen as intense it was (Tuesday) night where the whole valley was on fire and beyond our control."

The fire destroyed an old dairy farm building Tuesday night and prompted a second round of voluntary evacuations on Wednesday.


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