A busy weekend for Molokai fire personnel who continued today to target hot spots left over from yesterday’s fire in Kalamaula. Over the past three days four separate fires broke out.
It started Friday afternoon on Kalae Highway where fireworks were blamed for a brush that burned about 100 feet alongside the highway. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire by 3:30 p.m. when they found two “flower bloom with report” fireworks taped together. No injuries or property damage was reported.
On Saturday, two separate brush fire started in Hoolehua. Also occurring on Kalae Highway, this fire started at about 11:20 a.m. Within minutes, fire crews were able to get the 1,600-square-foot fire under control and extinguished.
Later that afternoon, a second Hoolehua fire started near the intersection of Keonelele Avenue and Launui Street. That fire was about 9,000 square feet and was extinguished in about an hour after it was initially reported at 3:10 p.m. No one was injured and no personal property was damaged in either fire. A cause has not yet been determined in either fire.
Fire crews are still mopping up yesterday’s 200-acre fire in Kalamaula, mauka side. No injuries were reported although the fire did come within 50 feet of homes. The fire damaged a shipping container holding furniture inside on Hoomalu Drive. It sustained $5,000 in damage.
A total of 28 fire personnel, two county tankers, and one county loader were also assisting in fighting the blaze yesterday. The department’s Air-1 helicopter was also on the scene. Although 100 percent contained, three engines and a tanker remained on the scene overnight to monitor the situation.
Today, fire crews with chainsaws and hoses were spraying smoldering areas among the thick kiawe trees.