Hawaii News

Monday, August 3, 2020

30 homes evacuated as Maui County fights two brush fires

Maui firefighters fought two 20-acre brush fires today, including one that forced 30 homes to be evacuated. The Maui Fire Department responded to the brush fire in Haliimaile on Maui at around 3:30 p.m. The fire was heavy in heavy brush and in an area with limited accessibility. About 30 homes along Aoiki Street and Leie Street were evacuated and are still evacuated as of about 8 p.m. today, in a Maui County Department of Fire and Public Safety news release. The fire was 50% contained as of the news release, but no damages have been reported. Crews will remain on the scene throughout the night. About 30 minutes prior to the Haliimaile fire, MFD firefighters responded to what became a 20-acre brush fire in Hoolehua on Molokai. MFD’s Air 1 assisted in air drops to control the fire, while bulldozers helped stop the fire from spreading.
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Another Oahu firefighter tests positive for COVID-19, Honolulu Fire Department says

The Honolulu Fire Department today announced a seventh COVID-19 case among Oahu firefighters. According to HFD, the latest positive test confirmed a firefighter from the Kalihi Kai Fire Station was infected with the coronavirus. That person has been placed on leave; affected personnel will self-quarantine for the next 14 days, HFD said. The department now has seven firefighters who have tested positive, including five from the Hawaii Kai station and one from the Moanalua station along with the firefighter from Kalihi. HFD says it is continuing to redistribute manpower to maintain coverage islandwide.
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Friday, July 31, 2020

Three more Hawaii Kai firefighters test positive for COVID-19, union says

Three more Honolulu firefighters assigned to the Hawaii Kai fire station have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email from the firefighters union that was sent to members on Thursday. City officials announced the first COVID-19 case associated with the station on Wednesday. The Honolulu Fire Department said it is working with the city and state “to ensure procedures are followed and adequate measures are taken.” But on Thursday, the Hawaii Firefighters Local 1463 union sent an email to members saying three additional firefighters had tested positive and that all four individuals were in isolation. Other station personnel were undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine, the union said. Equipment at the station, including fire trucks, was sanitized, fire officials said.
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