Neighbor island brush fires continue to burn into the night

Updated: Sep. 21, 2017 at 9:11 PM HST
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(Image: Asa Ellison)
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MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Brush fires on two neighbor islands are keeping firefighters busy Thursday night as the flames continue to burn with no relief in sight from the weather.

On Maui, fighters are battling a fire along Haleakala Highway on the ground and by air. The fire was reported just before 4 p.m., and has since scorched 80 to 100 acres of old sugar cane crop.

Maui fire officials say MFD choppers were assisting with the fire but stopped when night fell. They will resume at first light Friday. Ground crews remain on scene.

No road closures have been put in place.

On Hawaii Island, a large brush fire near South Point in Ka'u has forced crews to issue a warning to residents.

They say the smoke could make it hard to see and make it harder to breathe near Waiohinu. Residents are being asked to stay out of the area.

Emergency responders say the fire broke out about 4 hours ago in Kaalualu.

Fire crews can't expect much help from the weather in battling the flames either.

Winds are running at brisk speeds throughout the state making it difficult for firefighters to extinguish both fires. Rain is also scarce in those areas, and fire crews will remain on scene.

There are no immediate reports of damage to structures or injuries in both fires. Crews will remain on scene overnight.

The cause of the fires are not yet known.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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