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Crews working to put out Big Island wildfires, 5,239 acres charred

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Source: Lynn Beittel - Patients evacuated to the Naalehu Community Center Source: Lynn Beittel - Patients evacuated to the Naalehu Community Center
Courtesy: Hawaii Fire Department Courtesy: Hawaii Fire Department
PAHALA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The biggest wildfire of the season continues to burn on the Big Island.

Since Monday, Big Island firefighters have been working around the clock in attempt to stop the fire that has scorched more than 5,000 acres in Pahala.

According to Civil Defense in Hilo, Highway 11, also known has Mamalahoa Highway in Pahala between mile markers 46 and 51 remains closed Wednesday.

One of the two blazes, located on the makai side of Highway 11, continues to spread northeast toward Hilo. Officials say it is about 40 percent contained. According to fire officials, rain came through the area from noon until 1:30. They say that really helped slow the spread of the fire.

Officials say the fire appears to have started in a macadamia nut orchard.

A second fire on the mauka side broke out Monday afternoon along Cane Haul Road above Pahala. Officials say it has burned about 400 acres and is about 95 percent contained.

West Hawaii Today says Kau Hospital reopened its emergency room late Tuesday night. Fourteen of the 15 patients who evacuated the hospital may be able to return as soon as Wednesday afternoon.

Officials say the fires do not appear to be related.

The cause of the fires are unknown at this time.

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