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UPDATE: Kokee fire still burning, 40 percent contained

Courtesy: Marlyn Stoner Courtesy: Marlyn Stoner
KEKAHA, Kauai (HawaiiNewsNow) - [UPDATE 6/6 at 9:55 a.m.]

Fire crews worked overnight to contain the brush fire that broke out Friday.

Officials report nearly 40 percent of the fire has been contained since early Saturday morning.

The Division of Forestry and Wildlife dispatched bulldozers to cut firebreaks on an old dirt road, allowing crews to fight the fire from the west and north sides of the blaze.

Preliminary investigation shows the fire originated on the side of Kokee Road just before the "hairpin turn" around one mile from the base of the roadway.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Stay with Hawaii News Now for the latest updates and information on this developing story. 

[ORIGINAL]

A portion of Koke'e Road is closed due to a large brush fire that broke out Friday evening. 

The road is currently closed from the Waimea Canyon Drive junction to the Kekaha Road junction. Drivers are advised to take alternate routes until officials can reopen the road. 

Several fire companies, police, and personnel from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife are responding to the fire. 

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