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Kawaihae Information Update for April 23rd, 2020

Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) crews continue to battle a 60-80 acre brush fire burning between the Kawaihae Hawaiian Homes and Kohala Estates subdivision in Kawaihae that started Thursday morning (April 23rd).

Published By: HIRSC Team - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Section

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) are on scene of an active brush fire that started Thursday morning (April 23rd) in the area between the Kohala Estates and Kawaihae Hawaiian Homes subdivision in Kawaihae, South Kohala.

The initial call came in 8:21 am Thursday morning and HFD crews from the South Kohala, North Kohala, Waikoloa, and Waimea Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, Chopper 1, Chopper 2, volunteers from the Kohala Ranch, Anekona and Kalaoa Mauka Stations, and HPD officers from the North Kohala Patrol responded to the scene located between Kohala Estates and Kawaihae Hawaiian Homes in the area of the 6-mile marker on Akoni Pule Highway (Highway 270).

Details at this time are that fire was started due to blown electrical transformer which sparked dry brush and later began spreading up on the ridge between the two subdivisions. Fire is currently burning inaccessible area which Chopper 2 is currently conducting water drops to prevent the fire from spreading further and HFD crews working to protect homes near the fronts of the brush fire. Winds are light in the area, making firefighting conditions favorable for crews.

At this time, no threat to structures and evacuations or road closures report at this time. The brush fire has burned approximately 60-80 acres.

We will provide an update as more information becomes available.

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