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Flashback Friday

A HIRSC Special Series where we highlight major events (good and bad) that occurred around Hawaii Island in the past 75 years.

Since this week is Fire Prevention Week (or Month), we will highlight one of the largest brush fires to occur on Hawaii Island that happened back in August 2005 in Waikoloa.

AP Photo - PC: Michael Darden

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team

Flashback to August 3rd, 2005 in Waikoloa, Hawaii Island (Waikoloa Village): A 25,000-acre brush fire dry open pasture land above Waikoloa Village had threatened the nearby residence and led to the evacuation of 5,000 residents and closure of Waikoloa School.

Many residents who evacuated Waikoloa Village had either booked rooms at Kohala Coast Resorts or stayed with family and friends while multiple fire departments including the Hawaii National Guard came together and worked to gain control and extinguish this major brush fire. Luckily, no injuries were reported with this fire, however, some residents near the west front of the fire had suffered smoke damage, but none were damaged by the fire.

At the same time as the Waikoloa Village fire, a brush fire sparked by a vehicle suffering mechanical issues later burst into flames sparked a large 2,500-acre brush fire off of Akoni Pule Highway in North Kohala, the following day, keeping all agencies busy. Luckily no homes were threatened or injuries reported from that fire. (Highlight in the West Hawaii Today Archived Article below).

(See the archived articles from Honolulu Advertiser and West Hawaii Today from 2005)

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