Firefighters contain Manoa brush fire, will keep watch overnight

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Honolulu Fire Department contained a three-alarm brush fire that broke out near the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Firefighters will keep watch overnight for flare-ups.

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The fire was located on Waahila Ridge near the East-West Center. Firefighters arrive at the scene after 10 a.m. and continued their efforts after sundown.

HFD reported that 18 units staffed with 58 personnel responded to the scene. They requested additional resources to prevent the fire from spreading.

Officials do not yet know how many acres were scorched but revealed that structures were being threatened. Fire crews were in position to protect homes in the area.

The Manoa Hillside Estates were closest to the flames. Resident Jerilyn Jeffryes watched the fire inch closer to her home from a park a few blocks away from her neighborhood.

“I was stunned how it got here so fast,” Jeffryes said. “You think it’s done, but all of the sudden a flare.”

Her home was among the dozens that remain without power through the whole day. She decided to spend the night at her sister home to escape the smoke.

(COURTESY OF JULIA FINCH)

At 7:30 p.m. the fire was within 1,000 feet of the Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Hawaiian Electric reported at 2:45 p.m. that the fire also threatened lines and equipment.

Around 11:30 a.m., HECO tweeted that 590 customers in the Manoa area did not have power due to the fire. HECO later reported that service was restored to all customers except about 100 customers around 4 p.m.

HECO said in a statement, “As the fire moves past the University of Hawaiʻi campus and toward Manoa Valley, there is a possibility that Hawaiian Electric would need to deenergize its Woodlawn substation, which would affect about 3,000 residential customers but not the UH campus.”

No injuries have been reported for this incident.

At 7:10 p.m., HECO announced that 100 customers will be without power until the fire is extinguished. The estimated restore time is 12:00 a.m.

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