Waikoloa brush fire that burned 18K acres is almost fully contained

Strong winds whip up large brush fire on Big Island

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii County firefighters reported significant progress Monday morning in battling the Waikoloa brush fire that has been burning since Wednesday.

HFD said the fire was 95 percent contained. The massive wind-whipped brush fire has already scorched nearly 18,000 acres of land so far.

Authorities also report that what remains of the brush fire is away from public roadways, and no closures are in place.

On Sunday evening, officials said the fire was moving south, but they said there was no longer any active burning, mostly smoldering hotspots and some flare ups.

No homes have been destroyed or threatened, but the brush fire is taxing state and county resources on an island that's also grappling with ongoing eruptions in lower Puna.

Four helicopters and two military Black Hawk aircrafts joined the fight against the blaze while firefighters doused flames on the ground.

"Strong and gusty winds are making this a very difficult fire to contain," the Hawaii County Fire Department previously said. "The public should be aware that strong winds are generated large dust clouds."

According to fire officials, the flames broke out around 2 p.m. Wednesday in a grassy area east of Waikoloa Village.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and no injuries have been reported.

This story will be updated.

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