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Pu'uanahulu Information Update for August 12th, 2021

Fire crews contain a 5-acre brush fire along a stretch of Highway 200 (Daniel K. Inouye Highway) in the Pu'uanahulu Ahupua'a, South Kohala late Wednesday afternoon (August 12th).

Published by: HIRSC - Hawaii Island (Hōlualoa) Team

(Photos Courtesy of HFD)

The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) along with the Hawaii Police Department and the U.S. Army Garrison at Pōhakuloa Training Area Fire Department (PTA Fire) responded to a report of a brush fire off of Highway 200 (Daniel K. Inouye Highway) in the Pu'uanhulu Ahupua'a, South Kohala late Wednesday afternoon (August 12th).

The initial call came in at 4:51 pm Wednesday afternoon and HFD Crews from the Waikoloa, South Kohala, North Kohala, and Waimea Fire Stations along with Battalion 2, Chopper 2, Volunteers from the Anekona and Kalaoa Mauka Stations, PTA Fire, and HPD Officers from the South Kohala Patrol responded to the scene located at the 48-mile marker on Highway 200 in the Pu'uanahulu Ahupua'a.

Upon the arrival of emergency crews, reports came in from motorists on Highway 200 reporting a small brush fire burning several different spots near the 48-mile marker of Highway 200 along the east (Hilo) bound shoulder. The fire was moving slowly towards the south into rocky terrain. Smoke from the fire was visible from the Waikoloa Fire Station as crews were responding to the scene.

Once emergency crews arrived at the scene, HFD and PTA Fire personnel had extended multiple attack lines into the burn area and HFD 4x4 Tankers worked their way into the rocky terrain to reach the fronts of the fire. HFD crews had the fire under control just before 5:45 pm Wednesday evening and continued with wet-down operations at the scene. A D7 bulldozer from PTA arrived at the scene and cut a fire break around the burn area to ensure the fire was completely contained. The fire had scorched an estimated 5 acres along Highway 200.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.

HFD and HPD officials are asking the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity or behavior to HPD's Non-Emergency Line at 808-935-3311. Officials would not specify if any of the recent brush fires that occurred in the last couple of months within the North Hawaii region were intentionally set. Signs asking the public to be vigilant have been posted along many roadways around the North Hawaii Region.

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