Crews battle large brush fire on Molokai

KAUNAKAKAI, Molokai (HawaiiNewsNow) - A brush fire scorched 200 acres just west of Kaunakakai Sunday.

According to Maui County fire officials, the blaze was reported off Hoomalu Drive just after 1 p.m. By 4 p.m., the fire was about 60 percent contained.

It's the second straight day of fires on the Friendly Isle. Two brush fires broke out Sunday in Hoolehua.

The first brush fire was reported just after 11:20 a.m. on Kalae Highway Near Maunaloa Avenue. It took firefighters less than half an hour to extinguish the blaze, which scorched about 1,600 square feet.

Authorities said the second fire started at 3:10 p.m. near Keonelele Avenue and Launui Street, west of Hoolehua Airport. Crews brought that blaze under control shortly after 3:30 p.m., and had it extinguished about an hour later. The fire burned 9,000 square feet.

Investigators haven't determined the cause of Saturday's blazes. No damages or injuries were reported in either fire.

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