WILDLAND FIRE CHALLENGING DUE TO RED FLAG CONDITIONS

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 10:20 a.m. about a challenging wildland fire at 87-1677 Wehiwehi Street in Waianae. Twelve units, staffed with approximately 31 personnel responded. The 911 caller described seeing workers cutting grass in the area, then a fire started in the dry grass.

The first HFD unit arrived at the scene at 10:32 a.m., established command and quickly secured a water supply, deployed hose lines to begin attacking the wildland fire that was moving rapidly due to high winds and dry brush. These same conditions triggered the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Warning yesterday, which is in effect until 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

The incident commander also deployed Drone 1 at 11:05 a.m. for an aerial surveillance to quickly assess the situation and devise a plan to efficiently attack and contain the fire. At one point, the flames spread to a nearby canal, which fortunately became sort of a barrier between the wildland fire and several homes that were only about 30 feet away. Tankers were brought inside the fire ground to help fire crews finally contain the fire to 100% by 1:26 p.m. This wildland fire burned approximately three acres. There were no injuries, no evacuations and no threatened structures. HFD closed this incident at 2:42 p.m.