Brush fires closes Wahiawa schools on Tuesday

The brush fire in Wahiawa has closed four schools Tuesday, the state Department of Education announced this morning.

Classes are cancelled at Iliahi Elementary School, Leilehua High School, Wahiawa Elementary and Wahiawa Middle School.


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The brush fire in Wahiawa has closed four schools Tuesday, the state Department of Education announced Tuesday.

Classes are cancelled at Iliahi Elementary School, Leilehua High School, Wahiawa Elementary and Wahiawa Middle School.

An evacuation order for area residents from about 100 homes was lifted at 8 p.m. Monday as the winds died down.

Fire officials Monday reported the brush fire was just 10 percent contained, and has burned 475 acres. They were conducting an aerial reassessment of the fire this morning.

Honolulu Fire Department Capt. David Jenkins said Monday evening that the fire, which began Saturday, edged to about 300 to 400 yards from homes off California Avenue.

Dry and windy conditions made for challenging firefighting conditions, causing the blaze to move to Whitmore Village and Wahiawa, he said.

About 100 homes were evacuated at about 4:30 p.m. on streets at the end of California Avenue, on Nonohe Street, Nonohe Place, Puninoni Street and Puninoni Place. Also evacuated were some nonresidential buildings along the tree line at Navy Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific at the end of Whitmore Avenue. The city and red Cross opened an emergency shelter at Wahiawa District Park.

Residents were allowed to return several hours later.