Firefighters contain Kailua-Kona brush fire near subdivision

Firefighters battling Kailua-Kona brush fire near subdivision
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KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters that a large brush fire in Kailua-Kona is now 100 percent contained.

A voluntary evacuation for the Komohana Kai subdivision has been lifted, and a temporary shelter closed. All residents are back home.

The blaze started in a vacant lot around 11:37 a.m.. It's burned about 25 acres.

The blaze came dangerously close to homes, but firefighters were able to beat the flames back using hoses, water drops and fire breaks.

No damages or injuries have been reported.

About 4:45 p.m., a Hawaii County fire official said the "active burning" from the fire has been knocked down, but hotspots remain. Firefighters will remain at the scene through the night to ensure the fire doesn't reignite.

Video and photos of the blaze show flames coming up to people's backyards, and sending a huge plume of smoke into the air.

"We had run out there as soon as we spotted the fire and were using our hoses to hose down as much as we could," said one resident.

Big Island police closed Lako and Kololia streets in the area.

The cause of the fire has no been determined.

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