A small brush fire burns approximately 1 acre near Hamakua Mushroom Farm in Laupahoehe Saturday afternoon (September 5th).
Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Holualoa) Team
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to a report of a brush fire in the area of Hamakua Mushroom Farm in Laupahoehoe Saturday afternoon (September 5th).
The initial call came in at 1:35 pm Saturday afternoon and HFD crews from the Laupahoehoe and Honoka'a Fire Stations along with Battalion 1, Chopper 1, and HPD officers from the North Hilo Patrol responded to the scene located at 36-200 block of Manowaiopae Road in Laupahoehoe.
Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in that a brush fire was burning in an open pasture located near the Hamakua Mushroom Farm and windy conditions in the area caused the fire to spread towards nearby structures at the farm. It was later determined by one reporting party, the brush fire was sparked by a tractor that had caught fire a pasture makai of the farm.
Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD crews immediately worked to contain the brush fire and protect any nearby structures. HFD crews also encountered a few challenges while battling this brush fire:
Access to the fire was very limited, as the fire was burning in a remote area, and HFD crews had to utilize brush trucks to access the fronts the fire and ground crews stretched out hand lines to extinguish areas inaccessible by vehicles.
Water supply in the area was limited and HFD crews utilized fire engines to shuttle water to the scene and from a water supply source down the road.
HFD crews were able to gain control of the fire at 2:28 pm Saturday afternoon and immediately began wet-down and mop-up operations. The fire was declared fully extinguished at 4:07 pm.
The brush fire scorched an estimated 1 acre of open pasture land and no damage to structures or injuries were reported as a result of the fire.