WAIKOLOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters on the Big Island continue to battle a string of brush fires in the Waikoloa area that officials are calling "suspicious."
A total of four brush fires broke out all around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, officials said, heading from Hilo to Kona. At least 50 federal, state and county firefighters worked through the afternoon and evening to battle the flames.
At last check Friday morning, two out of the four fires were still burning – the largest one was along Highway 190 in the Puuanahulu area, which burned at least 240 acres. The other fire was burning along the Daniel K. Inouye Highway on federal land. Nearly 20 acres have been scorched there.
A Big Island fire official said a helicopter will be dropping water over both sites.
No structures have been threatened, but the following road closures remain in effect:
- Highway 190 from Kaiminani Drive to Waikoloa Road
- Daniel K. Inouye Highway from Route 190 to the old Saddle Road Junction.
No injuries have been reported.