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Ka'u Information Update for September 20th, 2020

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) continues efforts to battle a major brush fire that was first reported on Saturday evening (September 19th) and has scorched approximately 1,400 acres near Ka'alu'alu Bay in Ka'u.

Published by: HIRSC - Nevada (Henderson) and Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team


The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) remains at the scene of a major brush fire approximately 1-mile above Ka'alu'alu Bay in Ka'u that was first reported Saturday evening (September 19th) and has scorched an estimated 1,400 acres.

The initial call came in at 7:52 pm Saturday evening and HFD crews from the Na'alehu, Pahala, Kea'au, Central (Tanker 1), and Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE) Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1, Chopper 2, volunteers from the Discovery Harbor, Na'alehu, Pahala, Ocean View, and Volcano Village Stations, and HPD officers from the Ka'u Patrol responded to the scene/staging area on Lio Lani Road near the bullpen.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from numerous residents, and parties at Ka'alu'alu Bay reported a large brush fire broke out approximately 1-mile above Ka'alu'alu Beach. An orange glow from the Ka'alu'alu Brush Fire was visible from the Ocean View, Discovery Harbor, and Na'alehu areas, which also lead to numerous 911 calls to HFD as well.

Once emergency crews arrived at the staging area, HFD crews had to utilize off-road units to access the fire on existing four-wheel-drive roads. Once HFD crews arrived at the scene, they found the brush fire burning in dry open pasture land approximately one mile above Ka'alu'alu Bay. Dry weather conditions along with variable winds of 11 mph in the area caused the fronts of the fire to move southwest towards South Point Road/South Point Park.

HFD crews continuing to encounter the following challenges with this brush fire:

  • Access to the fronts of the brush fire is very limited and requires the use of multiple off-road HFD units to reach the scene driving on existing four-wheel-drive only roads. A privately contracted arrived at the scene and began cutting breaks around the perimeter of the fire.