HONOLULU (KHON2) — Firefighters are battling a large wildland fire that threatened homes in the Waianae Valley on July 2, around 1:41 a.m.
The Honolulu Fire Department responded with 17 units staffed with 46 personnel. Upon initial arrival at 1:50 a.m. responders worked to contain the fire by ground and by air. Helicopter water drops are to prevent further fire spread, according to officials.
Because of the heavy smoke and flames that threatening homes in the area, an evacuation order was issued.
With the help of the Honolulu Police Department, 15 households were evacuated.
HFD crews battled the makai flank of the fire, which was nearing homes. Firefighters were able to halt the spread of fire in that direction.
The threat to residents was mitigated and the evacuation order was later lifted.
As of 4 p.m. fire officials say that the fire is about 10 percent contained. Firefighters will continue to put out the fire.
The fire department does not yet know how much land was burned at this time. The cause of the fire is also unknown. No structures or vehicles are threatened at this time and no injuries have been reported for this incident.