PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - [Update 10/7]
Hawai'i County Fire Department's Chopper 1 is doing an aerial assessment of the 300 acres that were scorched Monday after the Puna lava flow sparked a brush fire that burned through grasslands north of Ka'ohe Homesteads on the west or mauka side of Highway 130 between Pahoa and Ainaloa.
Firefighters spent the night monitoring for flare ups, but the brush fire was contained within a fire break by 6 p.m. Monday.
Hawai'i County officials confirm that a brush fire sparked by the Puna lava flow Monday afternoon is now contained within a fire break, after burning through nearly 300 acres north of Ka'ohe Homesteads on the west or mauka side of Highway 130 between Pahoa and Ainaloa.
Hawai'i County Fire Department units will spend the night monitoring for flare ups, but Chopper 1 has landed and all water drop operations have ended. An aerial assessment of the burn area is planned for Tuesday morning.
Hawai'i County officials say the Puna lava flow appears to have sparked another brush fire north of Ka'ohe Homesteads subdivision and is moving in a north direction parallel to and on the West or Mauka side of Highway 130 between Pahoa and Ainaloa.
Officials say it is about one mile away from Ainaloa. Residents in the area have reported falling ash and heavy smoke in the area, but officials say no homes or businesses are currently in danger and no evacuations have been ordered. Officials say smoke conditions may increase downwind or to the north of the fire in the areas of Ainaloa and Hawaiian Paradise Park.
Sources on the scene say Hawai'i County Fire Department's Chopper 1 has been spotted up in the air and bucket drop operations are underway to fight the brush fire, which is estimated to have already scorched about 280 acres since it started around 12 p.m. Monday. HFD ground units were also dispatched.
Officials say flights over the area have been restricted. They say a fire break has been established east to west starting from the forest line north of Ka'ohe Homesteads to Maku'u. A second fire break is running north to south at Apa'a Street.
More details tonight on Hawaii News Now.