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Kawaihae Information Update for November 29th, 2019

Small Brush Fire in Kawaihae leads to the temporary road closure of Kawaihae Road (Highway 270) Friday morning (November 29th).

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to reports of a small brush fire that started Friday morning (November 29th).

The initial call came in 11:07 am Friday morning and HFD crews from the South Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, and North Kohala Fire Stations along with Battalion 2 and volunteers from Anekona and Kohala Ranch stations responded to the scene located on Kawaihae Road (Highway 270) at the intersection of Spencer Beach Park Road in Kawaihae, South Kohala.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a semi-truck had suffered a blown tire and riding on the rims and was working to pull off the roadway to check the integrity of the tire lost. During that process, tire's rim made contact with the roadway which created sparks that later spread to the dry brush off of Kawaihae Road near Spencer Beach Park Road and started a small brush fire. The driver of the semi was uninjured and was safely able to move off the road and immediately thereafter called for help and awaited the arrival of HFD crews.

Once HFD crews arrived on scene, they immediately worked to extinguish the fire, which was approximately 30' x 30' in size and slowly spreading. HFD crews were able to have the fire under control by 11:21 am and had the fire fully extinguished just after 12:15 pm Friday afternoon.

During the process of responding to the scene, HFD crews were dispatched to investigate another report of a brush fire on Kawaihae Road between the 64 and 65-mile marker and had redirected to the scene near Spencer Beach Park Road. Upon further investigation of that incident, they were not able to locate a brush fire in the area and all resources responding to that incident had redirected to the Spencer Beach Park Road scene to assist crews with extinguishment.

HPD officers temporary closed Kawaihae Road between Kawaihae Harbor and Queen Kaahumanu Highway intersection for approximately 45 mins while HFD crews worked to extinguish the fire. Kawaihae Road was reopened to all traffic just after 12:30 pm on Friday afternoon.

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