The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) battled multiple brush fires in the Kaimū Ahupua'a (or Lower Puna region) Tuesday afternoon (June 29th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hilo and Kamuela) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of multiple brush fires in the Kaimū Ahupua'a (or Lower Puna Region) on Tuesday afternoon (June 29th).
The initial call came in at 1:13 pm Tuesday afternoon and HFD Crews from the Pāhoa, Paradise Park, and Kea'au Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1, Volunteers from the Hawaiian Paradise Park Station, and HPD Officers from the Puna Patrol responded to the scene located off of Upper Puna Road in the Kaimū Ahupua'a.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from nearby residents that multiple small brush fires were burning in several different spots (all remote and heavily forested areas) above and below the Upper Puna Road and near the Keauohana Forest Reserve in Kaimū Ahupua'a. Smoke was visible throughout the lower Puna region.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD Crews immediately worked to gain access to all three fire scenes, which required the use of 4x4 Brush Trucks from the Kea'au and Paradise Park and Hawaiian Paradise Park Volunteer Stations to access. HFD Chopper 1 arrived at the scene and conducted water bucket operations at all three fires. HFD crews had the fires under control and contained around 5:00 pm Tuesday evening.
The brush fires had burned an estimated 3 acres in total.
While operations have ceased for the evening and HFD crews will continue to monitor the areas overnight and commence with any water bucket operations, if necessary at first light Wednesday morning (June 30th).
No injuries have been reported nor were there any evacuations or road closures related to the fires.