On four islands, there were 10 fires Saturday. At one point, 75 percent of the firefighters on Oahu were out on a call.
Honolulu firefighters and the federal fire department battled a massive brushfire in Kunia that started shortly before noon.
The fire department said at one point there were 12 fire companies, 36 personnel working on it, but later, it was down to seven companies, 28 personnel.
The fire was declared contained and under control by 4:57 p.m. A total of 300 acres were burned.
Light winds helped with the containment and the fire was surrounded by roads and burned-out areas from a recent brush fire. There were no evacuations, no homes threatened and no injuries. The cause of the fire is undetermined.
Kunia Road was closed for a time between Anonui Street and the Hawaii Country Club.
Many motorists pulled over to watch the blaze.
“Only because I live in Kunia, so I was concerned,” said nearby resident Shirly Gabriel. “I just called my son to see if everything was OK. So we were heading home. It’s fine, but he said he could see it from our back yard though.”
“That’s a known brushfire area right there,” said resident Nelson Makua. “It’s kind of dry and the kids play around in the back yards over there, and that’s like the back of Royal Kunia. Maybe they were trying to do 4th of July.”
“Right now, Air One is not dispatched at this fire. There are other emergencies going on at this time as well. There’s rescue operations where Air One is being utilized,” said Honolulu Fire Department Captain Jenkins.