Quite fortunate in this case that winds were the saving grace; usually with wildfires, it's the other way around. Close calls, no matter how fortunate, should always be calls to action rather than inaction. It's also very important to stay vigilant of your surroundings, especially during peak season. Some Nanakuli residents had to be alerted by emergency personnel that there was a fire close to their home.
"Some residents were unaware that it had started until authorities went door to door.
Arnell Harris said a police officer came to her home and asked, 'Did you know there's a fire behind you? We didn't know. So all of us just ran outside.'
'It came within probably about 75 feet from a couple of the houses,' said Honolulu Fire Department Battalion Chief Paul Miguel. 'We were able to get up on both sides, the makai and mauka sides of the fire, kinda hold it in place. And that point it went over the ridge.'"