The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) crews contain a 3-acre brush fire off of Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270) near Kaiholena in North Kohala Saturday evening (October 24th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) and Utah (Salt Lake City) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a brush fire off of Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270) near Kaiholena in North Kohala that started Saturday evening (October 24th).
The initial call came in at 10:19 pm Saturday evening and HFD crews from the North Kohala, South Kohala, Waimea, and Waikoloa Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, Volunteers from the Anekona and Kohala Ranch Stations responded to the scene of the fire located near the 11-mile marker on Highway 270.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, numerous reports came into HFD dispatch reporting a brush fire approximately 1+ acres in size and growing was burning in the area of Kaiholena in dry and heavy brush.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately worked to extinguish and contain the brush fire. HFD crews had encountered the following challenges while battling this blaze:
Due to the terrain, the fire was burning in, HFD personnel utilized off-road vehicles to reach the fronts of the fire from existing off-road trails and fire breaks.
Water supply was very limited at the scene, HFD Tankers from Waikoloa Fire Station and Anekona Volunteer Station were used for water supply.
Thanks to quick response and actions by HFD crews, they had the fire under control at 10:59 pm Saturday evening and were completing wet-down and mop-up operations. The fire was declared out at 11:41 pm Saturday evening, however, a handful of HFD units would remain at the scene to monitor the area for hotspots and flare-ups.
The brush fire had burned an estimated 3 acres of dry open pastureland near Kaiholena and no homes or structures were damaged or endangered during the blaze.