South Kona brush fire 95% contained

South Kona brush fire 95% contained

KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii Island Civil Defense reports that a brush fire seven miles mauka of Konawaena School is 95% under control and fire breaks are holding. No injuries have been reported.

No homes have been damaged, but the large volume of smoke generated by the fire continues to be a concern to officials.

The fire was initially reported at 1:42 PM Thursday. The area is largely pasture and ranch land at an elevation of around 4,500 feet. Fire officials estimate that over 1,400 acres have been burned.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire.

Photo source: Jody Fergerstrom

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