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Witnesses sought to Big Island fire that burned koa, ohia trees

(Image: National Park Service/Luke Kittle) (Image: National Park Service/Luke Kittle)
(Image: National Park Service/Luke Kittle) (Image: National Park Service/Luke Kittle)
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials are seeking witnesses to a fire Tuesday that burned native koa and ohia trees behind a cabin at the Namakanipaio Campground.

According to park officials, the fire scorched about one-fourth of an acre of the native plants just before 3 p.m. It is believed to have been human-caused.

A female and several children did report to firefighters they saw how it began, but left the scene before names and contact information could be shared. 

Firefighters were able to douse the flames rather quickly. No evacuations or injuries were reported.

“With a hot and dry summer upon us, we’re definitely at an increased risk for fire in the park, and across the island,” Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Fire Management Officer Greg Funderburk said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Park Dispatch at 808-985-6170. Callers may remain anonymous.

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