Brush fire scorches 4 acres in Wailuku

Flames can be seen in former macadamia nut fields near Kahekili Highway on Saturday night.
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Flames can be seen in former macadamia nut fields near Kahekili Highway on Saturday night. • www.instagram.com/ryanbrem / RYAN BREM photo

A brush fire in Wailuku burned 4 acres of former macadamia nut fields off Kahekili Highway on Saturday night, according to a fire official.

At 7:45 p.m., fire crews received a call about the brush fire, Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said. Wailuku firefighters arrived at 7:51 p.m. and found an acre burning on the mauka side of Kahekili Highway, a half-mile north of Makaala Drive. Crews had trouble getting to the fire because of an abandoned vehicle blocking an old plantation road off the highway. Firefighters parked on Kahekili Highway and ran hoses about 100 yards through the brush to get to the blaze, Taomoto said.

At 2:36 a.m. Sunday, the fire was declared contained. Fire crews spent Sunday mopping up hot spots.

The cause of the fire was undetermined. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened.

A battalion chief, three engine companies and a water tanker from Lahaina, Wailuku, Kihei and Kahului responded to the fire.

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