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3 Oahu fires sparked in 1 day

August 22, 2011
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu fire officials are investigating three brush fires on Oahu, two of which are believed to have been intentionally set.

Capt. Terry Seelig said that Thursday's blazes are unusual for a summer that's been cooler and wetter than usual.

Seelig said that the 11 a.m. fire, which burned 12 acres in Haleiwa, and a 7 p.m. fire on 4 to 5 acres in Wahiawa are believed to be intentional.

The first prompted the evacuation of elementary schoolchildren, destroyed several homeless tents and came within 20 feet of at least one home. Seelig declined to say why officials believe that fire was intentionally set.

Officials believe that the Wahiawa fire was intentional because it started about 150 yards from the road.

The cause of a small brush fire in Hawaii Kai is also under investigation.



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