All clear for the 40 evacuated homes in MakakiloUPDATED 11:50 PM HST Aug 24, 2014Video Transcript
for Pamela Young. The blaze sparked up Friday afternoon, forcing affected residents to drop everything and evacuate...and for some that meant leaving pets behind. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa with tonights top story at 10. There are still visible flames and smoke on upper Palehua ridge. Firefighters are working to prevent the fire from going into Nanakuli Valley. Palehua Road residents forced to evacuate out of their homes since Friday waited anxiously this morning to get back in. They say many of them were never able to get their pets. One family had four dogs they left behind. Nolen Brack 202 THEY ARE NORMALLY OK FOR A DAY OR SO BUT ITS BEEN TWO DAYS NOW SO WE ARE WORRIED NOW NOT TO MENTION ALL THE SMOKE AND ALL THE COMMOTION 213 Cinde Fisher with Aloha Hawaiian Parrot Association says she's waiting to save an umbrella cockatoo-- an endangered species- left on someone's porch. 2159 BIRDS HAVE VERY DELICATE RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS WE JUST SPOKE TO THE CARE TAKER OF THIS BIRD THIS BIRD APPEARS TO BE OK BUT BIRDS ARE GOOD AT HIDING HIS SYSTEMS HOPEFULLY GET THE BIRD OUT OF ITS CAGE AND RIGHT TO THE VET 13 Fire officials gave the ALL clear to the 40 evacuated residents at around 12:45 this afternoon. Protecting the 20 homes in the fire's way has been the main focus of the fire department since yesterday. 306 THERE ARE STILL FIRE APPARATUS AT THEIR HOME WILL STILL HAVE FIRE WATCH AT THEIR HOME TONIGHT WE WILL HAVE A BUNCH OF FIRE TRUCKS UP THERE ABLE TO RESPOND IF THE FIRE DOES FLAIR UP 20 For now-- H-F-D says the fire burning in the lower perimeter of the gulch and the area by the homes is contained. 35 firefighters along with 3 helicopters are working on the flames. Capt. Jenkins 2606 THE WEATHER CONDITION IS DEFINITELY A FACTOR THE WINDS BLOWING DOWN THE EXTRA MOISTURE IN THE VEGETATION AND RAIN DID ASSIST GREATLY WITH EXTINGUISHING THE FIRE THAT HAS BEEN PUT OUT 16 The upper ridge is a heavily forested area and the fire is still burning upslope with the wind making this fire difficult to battle. Nana Ohkawa KITV4 news. Officials will not say yet if the parents of the 7-year-old boys who started the fire, by playing with a lighter ... will be charged for damages.