Brush fire near airport

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Air 1 swings around with a bucket of water to drop onto flames erupting from a brush fire outside the perimeter of the Lihu‘e Airport, Monday afternoon. The first reports of “smoke, not flames” was made around 2:30 p.m., and by sunset, fire crews from the Kaua‘i Fire Department and the Lihu‘e Airport Crash Fire were working to get a handle on the blaze that presented accessibility issues.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Air 1 goes in to dump a bucket onto flames erupting from a brush fire situated outside the perimeter to the Lihu‘e Airport landing strip, Monday afternoon. The initial reports came in at about 2:30 p.m.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    Spectators watch from the Hokuala Ocean Course as flames erupt from a brush fire outside the perimeter of the Lihu‘e Airport, Monday afternoon. The blaze was first reported at about 2:30 p.m., and by sunset, fire crews from the Kaua‘i Fire Department, the Lihu‘e Airport Crash Fire, and Air-1 were trying to get a handle on the fire.

  • Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island

    A Lihu‘e Airport Crash Fire unit sprays foam onto erupting flames from a brush fire outside the perimeter of the Lihu‘e Airport, Monday afternoon. The initial report of smoke, but no flames was reported around 2:30 p.m., and by sunset, fire crews were still working to contain the fire.

  • Jonah Stein / Contributed photo

    Brushfire near Lihue airport as seen from Molokoa Subdivision in Lihue.

LIHUE — County firefighters, Air 1, and Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting responded to a brushfire near the makai side of Lihu‘e Airport Monday afternoon.

The first reports of “smoke, not flames” was made around 2:30 p.m., but by well after sunset, fire crews were still working on the blaze that presented accessibility issues.

Witnesses reported to dispatch that they believed the fire to be intentionally set.

This past weekend The National Weather Service issued a red-flag warning for portions of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau.

A red-flag warning means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly in these conditions, according to the NWS.

Reach the NWS automated weather line at 245-6001, or see weather.gov/hfo.

To sign up for the county’s emergency notification service, see kauai.gov or call the Kaua‘i Emergency Management Agency at 241-1800.

2 Comments
  1. Makani B. Howard September 8, 2020 8:51 am Reply

    So many homeless people live over there. I don’t know why the county lets them live right next to the airport like that. It seems very unsafe; for the people living there, and for the airport. I can’t imagine any airplanes being able to land with the fire blazing. Had this happened during a time when many flights were travelling in and out, this would have been a mess! Get them out!!! Now!!!


  2. Joe Public September 9, 2020 2:58 pm Reply

    It isn’t just the County, it is the State that never does anything but try to “punt” their responsibilities as much as they can


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