Big Island firefighters still working to contain brush fire that scorched 400 acres

A fire is spreading in the Kawaihae area of Hawaii Island.
A fire is spreading in the Kawaihae area of Hawaii Island.(Laura Lewis)
Published: Apr. 24, 2020 at 4:49 AM HST
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KAWAIHAE, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Firefighters on the Big Island are still working to contain a brush fire that has scorched roughly 400 acres in the Kawaihae area.

At last check Friday morning, the fire was about 60% contained, but winds were causing the fire to spread.

Fire crews first responded around 8:20 a.m. Thursday to Halekai Place, where they found arcing electrical wires had ignited nearby brush.

Officials said fire is in the Kaiopae Gulch area near Hawaiian Homes, mauka of Akoni Pule Highway.

Firefighters are using helicopters and bulldozers to help extinguish the fire.

No evacuations or road closures are in place at this time.

This story will be updated.

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