- Associated Press - Monday, January 9, 2017

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu fire officials say firefighters helped remove people from a popular hiking trail in Koko Head District Park after a brush fire broke out in the area.

Fire Capt. James Todd said the small fire started Sunday on the east side of Koko Crater Trail. Both the trail and a nearby shooting range were closed as crews battled the blaze.

Firefighters used a helicopter to drop water on the flames and took about five hours to extinguish the fire.

Heavy smoke could be seen in the area and hikers told KHON-TV there were about 30 people at the top of the trail at the time.

“We didn’t think it was a big deal,” hiker Lauren Stemzeki told KHON-TV, “so we just came down and started smelling it, hearing the fire, feeling the heat from the fire, and then there were firemen stationed along the steps saying ‘don’t stop, come on!’”

No injuries were reported.

The trail has since been reopened and the shooting range was expected to reopen Monday.

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