Hawaii News

Monday, June 1, 2020

Brush Fire Near Lahaina Bypass Burns 5 Acres

A mid-day brush fire in Lahaina on Friday burned an estimated five acres before being brought under control. The fire was first reported at 11:21 a.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020 in the area of Lahainaluna Road and the Lahaina Bypass. Maui Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro said despite difficulty accessing the fire, crews were able to contain the fire within two hours by 1:15 p.m. Crews responding to the scene included: Engine 3, Ladder 3, Engine 11, Engine 14, Tanker 3, Tanker 14, Battalion Chief 5 and the department’s Air 1 helicopter. The cause of the fire is undetermined.
Maui Now

Big Island girl injured after jumping from 40-foot waterfall in Hilo

Hawaii County firefighters rescued an injured girl who this afternoon jumped off a 40-foot waterfall into a pond above the Piihonua Bridge in Hilo. The Hawaii Fire Department reported that the girl sustained leg and back injuries after jumping into the pond. She was able to swim to the bank of the pond on her own, but was unable to walk, the fire department said. The fire department got the call at 2:47 p.m., and the first unit arrived on scene at 2:54 p.m. The rescue was completed and the last unit returned at 3:38 p.m. Firefighters placed the girl, whose age was not disclosed, onto a spine board taking full cervical spine precautions, and brought her out using Chopper 1, a long line, a rescue basket and an attendant. Kaumana Fire Station personnel met the reporting person at Piihonua Bridge on the Wailuku River. Fire personnel waded on foot to get to the girl to determine the best way to extricate her.
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Friday, May 29, 2020

Honolulu firefighters contain brush fire near Wahiawa

Honolulu firefighters have contained a brush fire that closed Kamehameha Highway today near Wahiawa. Shortly before 2 p.m., firefighters asked police to close Kamehameha Highway because the fire was approaching the highway near Whitmore Village. Police said Kamehameha Highway was closed in both directions from Kamananui Road to Whitmore Avenue for the brush fire. Firefighters requested a fire helicopter to assist with water drops and a fire drone for additional support. The Federal Fire Department was also on scene to assist. Firefighters reported the fire was completely contained about 4 p.m., and police said Kamehameha Highway was reopened shortly afterwards. The Honolulu Fire Department said 49 personnel responded to the fire. A total of 30 acres were burned, but no structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.
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