Brush Fire Scorches Thousands of Acres in Waikoloa

Waikoloa, HI (KHNL) - Hawaii Firefighters and Civil Defense were out in force Sunday as they tried to bring a fast spreading brushfire under control.

Civil Defense officials say the fire started at around 8:16 in the morning above Waikoloa Village and spread to the south.

Wind conditions helped spread the flames and has forced authorities to close Waikoloa Road below the village and Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Officials say more than 6 thousand acres of brush have burned so far as a result of the fire.

This is one of several brush fires that cropped up on Hawaii Island.  Another brush fire in Puako is now contained.

Neither fire threatened any homes.  Fire and Civil Defense Officials say the fires seem suspicious.

"Hawaii County Fire department is expressing some concerns with these fires this weekend and think they may have been set deliberately," said Troy Kindred of Hawaii Civil Defense.  "We are asking our local residents if they have seen something suspicious or they do see something suspicious if they could contact either East or West Hawaii Crime Stoppers or the Hawaii County Fire Department."

Officials are also asking people to take extra care with their Fourth of July fireworks to help prevent any new fires from cropping up.


Above photo courtesy Gerry Figuerres.