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Hikimoe Ridge fire on Kauai ‘100 percent contained'

LIHUE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A voluntary evacuation notice for the Pu'u Ka Pele section of Waimea Canyon State Park was lifted on Tuesday after state Department of Land and Natural Resources and Kauai County firefighters reported having the nearby Hikimoe Ridge fire "100 percent contained."

An afternoon shower over the area helped fire crews completely contain the blaze, holding the size of the fire to 652 acres. Firefighters from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the Kauai Fire Department "continued to work on mop-up operations" along the ridge, extinguishing any remaining hot areas and making sure the perimeter of the fire was completely secure.

DLNR chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. expressed his gratitude for the work firefighters had done while containing the blaze, but asked nearby residents to be particularly cautious over the Fourth of July holiday.

"We thank the Kauai County Fire and Public Works departments for their strong support with manpower, equipment and communications assistance," said Aila. "We urge continued caution and avoiding use of fireworks and campfires in any forested or wilderness area."

At last update, the hunting units A and J in the Pu'u Ka Pele forest reserve remained closed.

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