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Firefighters making progress on Kona fire

KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Fire officials on the island of Hawaii say that a brush fire in a remote area mauka of Kealakekua has burned 1800 acres, but is surrounded by fire breaks. Fire officials on Friday said that access to the remote site has improved and now additional resources can be brought in to help extinguish the fire more quickly.

Smoke from the fire can be seen as far away as the Kau district. The state Department of Health says residents downwind of the fire should take precautions because of elevated levels of fine

particulates. According to health officials, the elevated levels can cause breathing problems, especially for people with pre-existing respiratory conditions.

The fire is burning in heavy brush under a forest canopy at about 4,000 feet above sea level. Firefighters have had a difficult time bringing the fire under control due to the ruggedness of the terrain and the remoteness of the location.

So far there have been no injuries or property damage reported.

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