Molokai Fire Department quickly contains first brush fire of 2008.
By Brandon Roberts
High winds and dry vegetation helped spark Molokai’s first brush fire of the season near Mo`omomi. The Molokai Fire Department acted swiftly to contain approximately 350 acres of flames before it could get out-of-hand.
The Mo`omomi blaze was reported around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. With the help of two helicopters dumping buckets of water, heavy equipment from the Public Works Department, and all the island’s fire resources, the blaze was contained by 2 p.m. the same day.
Area residents were kept on stand-by for evacuation, however this action was not necessary as crews effectively extinguished the flare-up. There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. Mahalo loa to the Molokai Fire Department and the Maui choppers for the quick containment.