The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 2:30 p.m. for a brush fire near 2650 Dole Street in Kaimuki. Five HFD resource units staffed with 18 personnel responded. The first fire fighters arrived at scene at 2:35 p.m. to find flames and smoke arising from the burning brush and grass approximately 400 feet above the water tanks on the hillside of Waahila Ridge. The fire fighters ascended on foot to carry hose lines and equipment to initiate an offensive fire attack. Because of the distance to where the nearest water supply was in relation to the fire, multiple fire engines were used to pump water up the hillside to provide enough pressure for the firefighters to have effective fire streams.
The one-acre fire was under control at 3:06 p.m. The fire-fighting tactics then shifted to overhauling in search of hidden fire in the underbrush and mopping up of hot spots to eliminate rekindling. The fire was fully contained at 4:32 p.m. Even though located in a residential area, no homes or critical infrastructure were threatened at any time.
The Honolulu Fire Department urges the public to take steps to prevent brush fires and offers the following safety tips:
Fire Safety Tips
• Dispose of smoking materials used for cooking properly. Allow materials to burn to ashes completely and then douse with copious amounts of water to ensure it is extinguished and will not rekindle.
• Remove dead plants or brush around your property as soon as possible to remove the fuel source for a brush fire.
For more information, visit www.fire.honolulu.gov