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Five acres of brush scorched in former Wailuku Macadamia Nut Fields

At 1:29 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017, fire crews responded to a brush fire in the former macadamia nut fields mauka of Kahekili Highway, between Makaala Drive and Waiehu Beach Road. The fire scorched about 5 acres by the time it was contained late Monday night.

Wailuku firefighters were on scene at 1:39 p.m. and found heavy smoke about a quarter-mile mauka of Kahekili Highway. Firefighters were delayed in getting to the fire because of difficulty navigating the narrow dirt roads with overgrown brush. After locating the fire crews found about a half-acre of brush and trees on fire.

The fire department’s Air-1 helicopter was brought in to make water drops on the fire since it was beginning to spread quickly through the heavy vegetation.

There were no injuries and no structures were threatened.

Fire crews were mopping up at the scene until it was called 100 percent contained at 11:07 p.m. Monday night.

Firefighters doused hot spots throughout Tuesday while patrolling the fire area. The fire was called extinguished at 5:18 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

The cause of the fire could not be determined.

A battalion chief, and three engine companies, a hazardous materials crew, and two water tankers from Wailuku, Kahului, and Wailea responded to the brush fire.

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