Kohala Fire Forces Mandatory Evacuations

KOHALA (KHNL) - A fire that started at 2:11 Thursday afternoon along Highway 250 near Kohala Mountain Road is out of control forcing mandatory evacuations.

Officials say strong wind is blowing the fire down towards Kawaiahae Road in the subdivision of Kamuela View Estates.

Highway 250 is closed.

Officials are telling drivers to avoid the fire area and not use the Kawaihae Road because of the smoke.