Kokee fire burns 3K acres, 70% contained

Courtesy: Maia Guirao
Courtesy: Maia Guirao

KEKAHA, Hawaii (AP) - A Kauai wildfire that has burned roughly 3,000 acres is now 70% contained.

The county says Waimea Canyon Drive was reopened Tuesday morning but Kokee Road remains closed until further notice.

Firefighters have been battling high winds and dry conditions since the blaze began late Thursday. As the fire approached a high voltage power line Saturday, Kauai Island Utility Cooperative officials began a voluntary power outage as a precaution. Power is expected to be fully restored by Wednesday.

The Department of Water continues to request that Kekaha residents limit water consumption to essential uses until power can be restored to a water storage tank for the area.

The fire poses no immediate threat to any homes or buildings.

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