Firefighters extinguish brush fire near Ahukini

A small brush fire that had the potential of causing greater damage was quickly put under control Sunday.

Responding to a report of a blaze just makai of the Jack Harter Helicopter operation on Ahukini Road, the Kaua‘i Fire Department quickly controlled the fire.

Kaua‘i fire battalion chief Russell Yee said the blaze scorched about a quarter of an acre.

Yee said the fire started in an area on the airport side of the access road adjacent to the helicopter operation.

With the prevailing trades, he was afraid the fire would spread into the large area of guinea grass.

“It had the potential (of becoming a bigger blaze),” Yee said. “But I’m glad it didn’t.”

The winds whipped the flames toward the access road which helped to stifle the fire’s progress.

“For some reason, it slowed when it got close to the road,” Yee said.

Fire units from the Lihu‘e station and Rescue 3 responded to the alarm with t he fire engine being first on the scene, Yee said.

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