Waimea brush fire 100 percent contained

(Image: Kristi Lenser)
(Image: Kristi Lenser)
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(Image: Christian Baker)

WAIMEA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A huge brush fire that scorched 2,000 acres in Waimea on the Big Island is now 100 percent contained, according to Hawaii County fire officials.

Fire crews finished mop-up operations and made water drops throughout the day on Sunday.

The fire broke out just before noon on Friday, and destroyed a structure at a Puukapu farm.

Officials reopened Highway 190 between the Old Saddle Road intersection and Waimea Airport at 8 p.m. Friday. The five-mile stretch was closed for much of the afternoon and evening while fire crews battled the flames.

No injuries were reported.

"The winds were challenging right into the evening," said Assistant Battalion Chief Gantry Andrade. "Parts of the fire jumped the break on the Mauna Kea side, so they had to hit that."

Fire crews will remain on the scene overnight.

Police are asking for the public's help in figuring out how the blaze started, though they haven't said if they believe it was intentionally set.

Authorities say the fire started in a grassy area of a residential property on Paeli Alanui Street.

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