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North Kohala Information Update for July 31st, 2019

HFD crews respond to 2 small brush fires in North Kohala early Wednesday morning (July 31st).

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department (HPD) responded to reports of 2 small brush fires on Akoni Pule Highway (or Highway 270) early Wednesday morning (July 31st).

The initial call came in at 12:51 am Wednesday morning and HFD crews from the North Kohala, South Kohala, Waimea, and Waikoloa Fire Stations along with Battalion 2 and volunteers from the Kanehoa and Kohala Ranch stations responded to the scenes, first fire located at 8-mile marker and the second fire located at the 9.5-mile markers on Akoni Pule Highway in North Kohala.

Upon the arrival of HFD crews, passer-by reported 2 brush fires was burning open pasture land, one on the makai (ocean) side of Highway 270 near the 8-mile marker and second fire was burning on the mauka (mountain) side of Highway 270 near the 9.5-mile marker, with both fires burning a moderate to large area.

Once HFD crews arrived on scene at both fires, were able to have fires under control and contained shortly after arriving on scene. 1st fire at the 8-mile marker had burned approximately 1 acre, while the second fire at the 9.5-mile marker had burned approximately 1/2 an acre.

No injuries reported and cause of the fires remain under investigation. It's unknown at this time if these fires are related to other cases in the South Kohala district that occurred earlier this month.

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