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Evacuation lifted for Makakilo brush fireUPDATED 6:41 PM HST Aug 24, 2014Video Transcript
Choi in for Pamela Young. The Makakilo fire has already burned 800 acres in West Oahu and it still rages on..As firefighters CONTINUE to try to get it under control. Nana Ohkawa was out there today... And joins us with the latest.. Nana? There are still visible flames and smoke on the upper Palehua Ridge and firefighters are working to prevent the fire from going into Nanakuli Valley. But--Fire officials gave the ALL clear to dozens of residents evacuated from their homes on Friday. H-F-D says because the fire burning in the lower perimeter of the gulch and by the homes is contained.-- The 40 residents on Palehua Road were able to go home at around 12:45 this afternoon. Protecting the 20 homes on that road has been the main focus of the fire department since yesterday. The residents say many of them didn't get to go back and get their pets left behind. One family had four dogs they weren't able to check on. 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 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 Last updated: 35 firefighters along with 3 helicopters are working on the flames. The upper ridge is a heavily forested area and the fire is still burning upslope with the wind making this fire difficult to battle. Fire officials say there are about 400 cattle on the hillside that the firefighters are keeping an eye on.. But they are not in imminent danger. A lot of their feed though has been destroyed from this fire. H-F-D says it will continue to the fight this fire throughout the night.