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HOVE fire contained; two structures razed

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Contributing Editor

A brushfire in drought-stricken Ocean View burned at least two structures as firefighters contained the blaze late Thursday, June 10.

By 9 p.m. the fire was considered contained, although fire crews surrounded the 80 scorched acres to knock down hot spots. Crews are to remain on scene overnight, Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira said.

“Things are looking pretty good right now,” he said. “It was very windy this afternoon, but it’s looking OK now.”

No injuries were reported.

Another two or three homes had been threatened by the fire, which forced evacuation of 30 homes around Princess Kaiulani Boulevard. Up to 50 residents were sheltered at the Ocean View Community Center and the Red Cross was called in.

Oliveira said one home and a hot house or green house were destroyed. He said it was unclear whether the home was occupied, although neighbors indicated it might have been vacant.

The fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. No cause has been determined, Oliveira said.

Shortly after 5 p.m., police announced they had closed the following roads: Tiki and Paradise Parkway between Luau Drive and Princess Kaiulani Boulevard. The roads were reopened before 8 p.m.

HOVE residents use catchment systems for water and there is no water source on the scene. Three county tanker trucks and another three volunteer tankers are supplying county and volunteer firefighters with water.

The county helicopter also was called in the assist before nightfall.

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