Brush Fire in North Kohala that started early Saturday morning (August 17th, 2019) continues to keep HFD crews busy.
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) crews are still on scene of a brush fire, that started early Saturday morning (August 17th) near the 11-mile marker on Highway 270 (or Akoni Pule Highway) in North Kohala.
The initial call came in at 12:03 am Saturday morning (August 17th) and HFD crews from the North Kohala, Waimea, South Kohala, and Waikoloa Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, Chopper 1, volunteers from the Anekona station, and private contracted bulldozer responded to the scene located on the makai (ocean) side of 11-mile marker of Highway 270.
Once HFD crews arrived on scene and due to the location of the brush fire, HFD crews had utilize 4x4 off-road vehicles to access parts of the fire, which has burned approximately 6-7 acres of dry and open pasture land, and private contracted bulldozer arrived on scene Saturday morning to cut fire break around the perimeter of the brush fire to prevent fire from spreading further. HFD tankers were utilized to shuttle water to the scene due to no water supply in the area. Chopper 1 responded at first light Saturday morning to conduct water drops.
Currently at this time, there is NO Road Closures, NO Evacuations been ordered, and no threat to structures and the brush fire is under control. Motorist are advised to drive with caution in the area while HFD crews continue to work in the area.
This is an ongoing incident and we will continue to provide an update as soon as information becomes available.