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Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Brush fire closes
Three people waited at the Makapuu Lighthouse until firefighters rescued them.
The fire burned along the coast on the makai side of Kalanianaole Highway and across the Hawaii Kai Golf Course, located at 8902 Kalanianaole Highway, but away from the highway. The fire scorched areas Ewa of Makapuu Lighthouse Road, including the cliffside and the area near Queen's Beach.
The brush fire had been "burning uninhibited" in cliffside areas inaccessible by land. Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Emmit Kane said Air One scooped buckets of sea water from a large cove to help douse the fire.
The fire began about 3 p.m. About 30 golfers who were on the golf course continued play as only occasional gusts of smoke blew across the golf course, said starter Rick Abordo at the Hawaii Kai Golf Course.
Fire Capt. Kenison Tejada said the winds generally blew the smoke away from homes and toward the ocean.
The fire did not threaten any homes or structures, fire officials said.
A thick blanket of smoke covered much of the area, extending to the Koko Marina Shopping Center and homes in Portlock.