500 acres blackened in a Kauai brush fire

Brush fire on Kauai prompts precautionary evacuation of homes

POIPU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fire crews have finally put out a once raging brush fire on Kauai’s south side.

It ignited Tuesday afternoon and prompted temporary road closures and evacuations for some south side residents.

On Wednesday, a small hotspot flared up and firefighters quickly doused the flames. It was estimated that about 500 acres were burned in the fire.

The fire initially sparked around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, near the Grand Hyatt Resort golf course. At one point, dozens of firefighters and three helicopters were working to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters were also assisted by private companies in battling the blaze.

The fire burned into the night on Kauai as crews worked to gain the upper hand.
The fire burned into the night on Kauai as crews worked to gain the upper hand. (Source: HNN Viewer)

Strong winds pushed the flames toward Koloa, though no structures were threatened.

With the dry brush and steady trade winds, it was enough to make residents uneasy.

“The houses down below us will be the biggest concern because a couple of years ago, a couple of houses burned from a brush fire in the same exact area coming through,” resident Aaron Hoff said.

The previous evacuation order Tuesday night for residents along Kipuka Street has since been lifted and an emergency shelter that was opened at the Koloa Neighborhood Center closed by 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

No damage or injuries were reported.

It’s not yet known what caused the fire.

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