Wildfire in Hawaii closes freeway

Hawaii fire
Hawaii fire. Photo by Gardner Kaipo Chung

Police closed a section of the H-3 freeway north of Honolulu on Tuesday when a 350-acre wildfire burned an area behind Kalaheo High School (map) on the north side of the island. The fire reached the ridge above the high school and worked its way down the other side.

Pushed by winds gusting up to 25 mph, it started about 1 p.m. and was mostly contained by 9:30 p.m., coming within 25 yards of some homes.

The fire was fought by eight engines, two water tenders, and two helicopters.
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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.