Residents concerned as Makakilo brush fire continues

As the brush fire continues to burn in Makakilo, residents who were forced to evacuate don’t know when they can return home.

Jeremy Steele is one of them.

“If you see where the fire is going up the ridge, we’re right on the other side,” Steele said.

He and his family were able to take refuge nearby.

“We’ve been staying here. This is my mother and father-in-law’s house. So they live up there, but they built this house just in case something happened,” Steele said.

The fire started in a gulch right behind the homes on Umena Street.

The flames traveled from the gulch and onto a property, damaging a wooden fence and a door to the home.

The woman who lives inside that home showed us just how close the flames got.

“The police tell us, ‘Better get out’ because the smoke already. And there’s already smoke here inside,” she said.

Mark Perez lives just up the road and watched the blaze from his backyard.

“You could just see this huge cloud of just a red, amber color cloud that was just basically blowing across,” Perez said.

He says even though the fire appears to be moving away, he’s still monitoring it.

“We’re just trying to keep an eye on it,” Perez said. “We’re just kind of praying that everything goes ok and we don’t have to evacuate.”

The American Red Cross is standing by in case any homes get damaged by the brush fire.

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