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Kauai firefighters continue to battle Waimea Canyon brush fire

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WAIMEA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Kauai firefighters continue to battle a brush fire that has been burning for the last two days in the upper elevations of Waimea Canyon.

A Department of Land and Natural Resources spokesperson said the fire is about 80 percent contained as of 3 p.m. Wednesday. So far, approximately 750 acres of grass and shrubs have burned, but no structures are threatened. 

On Tuesday, strong winds challenged firefighters as they doused the flames on the western edge of the canyon. 

Fire crews worked through the night to battle the brush fire, which has been burning since Monday afternoon.

It started around 3 p.m. near Waimea Canyon Drive in the 800 to 1,500 foot elevation. The fire temporarily closed Waimea Canyon Drive. Anyone wanting to access Waimea Canyon State Park can get there via Kekaha and Kokee Road.

Two other fires also ignited brush near the same area, but those were under control by Monday afternoon. 

Crews battled the flames on foot and through the air. A helicopter conducted water drops to assist ground fire crews. 

The Department of Land and Natural Resources says no endangered species of plants or animals are threatened in the fire. 

A cause is still unknown. Crews are hopeful the fire will be out by nightfall. 

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