Kailua-Kona subdivision evacuated because of brush fire

Published: Feb. 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2012 at 9:14 AM HST
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Source: Roberta Jaques
Source: Roberta Jaques

KAILUA-KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Homes in the Pines subdivision in Kailua-Kona were evacuated Tuesday because of a large wildfire. Fire Battalion Chief Aaron Arbles says there's been no damage to homes, although the flames did come right up to the edge of the properties.

About 35 acres burned. No injuries were reported.

Hawaii Fire Department reports that all roads in the Kona area are now open.

The fire started just after 2 p.m. in an empty field behind the Pines subdivision.

The American Red Cross tonight around 9 p.m. closed an emergency shelter opened this afternoon for residents forced to evacuate as a result of a brush fire in Kailua-Kona.

Twenty five people evacuated to the shelter shortly after 4 p.m., which was staffed by a team of Red Cross volunteers including health and mental health workers.

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