Hawaii Crews Keep Brush Fire From Homes

Firefighters battled a brush fire Sunday that came dangerously close to some homes in West Oahu.

The flames broke out around 1 p.m. on Mokiawe Street in Nanakuli.

Several fire trucks were dispatched to hose down the mountainside while helicopters dumped salt water on the flames.

The fire was moving in a direction away from the homes and was extinguished within 45 minutes. The fire scorched five acres of the mountainside.

Residents in the area said they are all too familiar with brushfires.

"In Nanakuli it's very hot. It happened on that mountain on the other side, it happened over here like several times this year and last year. Yeah, we know what to do already," Nanakuli resident Chelsea said.

Some residents believe fireworks may have started the blaze.

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