Hawai‘i Fire Crews Smother Small Brush Fire Near Haena Beach
Suppression efforts continue today after Hawai‘i Fire crews spotted a brush fire near Haena Beach in Kea‘au after returning from a reported water rescue Monday afternoon.
According to a HFD press release, crews aboard Chopper 1 responded to the blaze, approximately 500 yards south of the beach, at 4:42 p.m.
The chopper returned to quarters to pick up the Bambi Bucket for water drops. According to the release, Chopper 1 returned to initiate fire suppression. Additional personnel proceeded to fire with hand tools as fire was inaccessible to HFD vehicles.
Upon arrival, it was determined that the 30-by-50-foot fire was inaccessible to the responding units, which were ultimately canceled. According to the release, a landing zone was set up for the chopper and air crews conducted bucket drops until the aircraft needed refueling.
A nightwatch remained at the scene till 8 p.m. to address minor flare-ups. Suppression efforts will continue today with Co 5 personnel.