SPRECKELSVILLE - With calmer winds Sunday, firefighters were mopping up hot spots in a 20-acre brush fire near Kahului Airport that was declared about 80 percent contained by 4:30 p.m.
The 17 firefighters were joined by 16 personnel from the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife, with crews working along Stable Road in the area of hau bush and other dense vegetation, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
He said the cause of the fire was undetermined. It was reported at 10:18 a.m. Saturday and was spread by winds of 28 mph that gusted to 37 mph. The winds carried smoke and ash from the airport area to Kahului, Wailuku and Waiehu.
Firefighters Scott Kekuewa (left) and Jeff Kihune continue mop-up operations Sunday along Stable Road, where a brush fire that started Saturday burned about 20 acres.
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The burned area is across the street from oceanfront homes on Stable Road. At the height of the fire, one person was evacuated from a residence on Stable Road.
No substantial damage was reported from the fire.
The Fire Department's Air One helicopter on Saturday extinguished one roof fire, sparked by flying embers, at a house at the end of Stable Road, Mainaga said.
After working through the night Saturday, fire crews planned to remain at the fire scene through Sunday night.