A massive brush fire threatens homes on the North Shore

Published On: Jul 12 2013 11:02:04 PM HST

A massive brush fire threatening homes on North Shore. Firefighters spent much of this afternoon and evening trying to protect those homes and contain the fire.

HALEIWA, Hawaii -

A massive brush fire was threatening homes on the North Shore. Firefighters spent much of the afternoon and evening trying to protect those homes and contain the fire. You could see fire billowing from the outskirts of Haleiwa. The Honolulu Fire Department says it started along Kaika Place off of Haleiwa Road just before three o'clock Friday afternoon. Burning about 10 acres of California grass and wetland, the flames got dangerously close to homes. A dozen houses had to be evacuated, including Susan Moreno's.

"My neighbors were so awesome. They were in my backyard fighting the flames with the garden hose and I've been in this house for almost 12 years and I really thought that I was going to lose everything," said Moreno.

"She started panicking and we got her out and her dog. The fire just traveled like crazy," said neighbor Loriann Abilla-Rosa

The HFD says the fire spread rapidly because of strong winds. The area has not burned in years, leaving plenty long grass and brush to fuel the flames. Firefighters brought in 16 units and a helicopter to contain the inferno.

"Because of the proximity of the homes, we wanted to attack it very aggressively and get it under control," said Capt. Gary Lum with the Honolulu Fire Department.

"I saw just a little bit of smoke at first then the wind blew, and it started picking up fast and then I could actually see the flames ... we could here it crackling," said neighbor Alex Carey.

Neighbors say the fire started in a backyard at Kaika Place. They believe the flames then jumped the residents brick wall.

"We saw the person who called 911 who lives right over there. She was talking about how some guy was out in the brush trying to burn some brush or something," said neighbor Curtis Wood.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated. So far, no property damage nor injuries have been reported. Fire officials say the fire has been contained. It took firefighters nearly four hours to get it under control.

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