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Residents urged to evacuate in face of Kauai wildfire

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Residents on Kauai are being urged to evacuate as a wildfire that has been burning for four days is getting dangerously close to structures at a popular state park.

The flames have already closed Pu'u Lua Reservoir and hunting areas A and J, and fire crews are working to prevent the fire from jumping the contour road at the Pu'u Ka Pele Forest Reserve and moving in the direction of the cabins at Waimea Canyon State Park.

The fire along the Hikimoe ridge has already burned 410 acres and remains "very active," with strong winds, low humidity and an abundance of dry fuel making it a difficult fight for fire crews. The fire is burning in a eucalyptus tree plantation, with trees reportedly between 85 and 120 feet tall.

At last check, the flames were approximately a quarter of a mile away from the people and cabins at the park.

"We urge the public to heed the existing evacuation notice for their own safety and the safety of the fire fighters," said William J. Aila, Jr., Department of Land and Natural Resources chairperson. "Crews are on alert to prevent any outbreak of the fire east of the contour road that would threaten or damage cabins and park facilities in this area."  

44 DLNR personnel from Kauai, Maui and Oahu are helping to fight the fire, along with members from the Kauai Fire Department, several Public Works personnel, three contract-hire helicopters and County Fire's Air One helicopter.

We will have more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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