The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 12:54 this afternoon about a raging wildland fire near the Maili Pillbox Trail in Waianae. Eight HFD resource units staffed with 18 personnel responded. The first units arrived at scene at 1:01 p.m. to find flames and smoke from the burning brush near the Board of Water Supply facility all the way up the mountain. Initially, the smoke was billowing out to sea but then the wind shifted causing the fire to spread toward the fire fighters, which made battling this blaze even more challenging.
Fire fighters ascended on foot approximately 400 feet up the mountain and carried hose lines and equipment to initiate an offensive fire attack. Because of the distance to the nearest water supply in relation to this wildland fire, multiple fire apparatus were deployed to pump water and provide enough pressure for the fire fighters to effectively battle this fire, which was contained at 1:50 p.m.
Fire fighters prevented the flames from spreading and protected residential homes just about 200 yards away to the east. This wildland fire burned approximately eight acres of land. As a precaution, the HFD asked the Honolulu Police Department to block the entry of the Maili Pillbox Trail because hikers were still heading into the trail as fire fighters were battling the fire.
The HFD urges the public to take steps to prevent wildland or brush fires and offers the following 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.