The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 11:46 this morning about a
two-alarm wildland fire at Kamehameha Highway and Kamananui Road in Wahiawa.
Twenty HFD units, staffed with approximately 46 personnel, responded along with five
units from the Federal Fire Department. The first HFD unit arrived at the scene at 11:56
a.m. to find a large-scale wildland fire, moving rapidly due to high winds and dry brush.
Responding fire crews established command and deployed hose lines to immediately
begin attacking this fire. Upon arriving, the HFD personnel recognized the area on fire
as a known homeless encampment where they found abandoned vehicles and a lot of
debris. Fire fighters could hear propane tanks rupturing due to the heat from the flames.
Fire crews were deployed on Kamehameha Highway to protect utility poles that were
being threatened by the flames. Authorities then shut down the highway at 12:38 p.m. in
both directions between Kamananui Road and Dole Plantation. The Hawaiian Electric
Company was also alerted to shut down the power in the area to safeguard the fire
crews and the utility poles.
HFD’s Air 2 and Air 3 made several water drops onto the wildland fire as crews
continued to attack and stop the flames from spreading further. The incident
commander also deployed Drone 1 for aerial surveillance to more efficiently direct fire
crews to multiple areas in order to prevent further spread.
This wildland fire burned approximately 50 acres. It was contained to 90% by 4:30 p.m.
as fire crews overhauled the area. There were no injuries, no evacuations and no
threatened structures in this incident. The cause of this fire is under investigation.