Fed Fire, HFD respond to brush fires in Leeward Oahu

A brush fire burned near Makaha Valley Road on Sunday, Aug. 5. Firefighters were on the scene but access to fire hydrants along the road were impeding efforts. Courtesy of Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Firefighters from the Federal Fire Department (FFD) and the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) battled brush fires in Leeward Oahu, Aug. 5.

“On Sunday, 11 units and 29 firefighters from the Federal Fire Department responded under our mutual aid agreement with the City and County of Honolulu to battle brush fires in Makaha and Waianae,” said Federal Fire Department Fire Chief Gregg Moriguchi.

According to The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, two wildfires substantially grew in the Makaha and Waianae valleys, consuming 8,800 acres in Leeward Oahu.

“Under HFD’s unified command we responded to several locations and worked in unison to fight the fires from 9 a.m. to nearly midnight, saving properties in multiple locations,” Moriguchi said.

One property included a local pig farm. The pig farm owner David Wong, lost his warehouse and tractors during the brush fire. Although, with critical decision-making, firefighters from FFD and HFD were able to save his livestock. FFD, Navy Region Hawaii, is an all-hazards emergency response agency that serves all Department of Defense (DoD) installations on Oahu.

FFD also works closely with HFD and the state of Hawaii Airports Fire Department through mutual aid agreements providing much-needed assistance to our state and county counterparts.

Their mission is to provide exceptional fire and emergency services to the DoD by minimizing the loss of life, property and damage to the environment throughout our area of responsibility.

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