Big Island brush fire still burning 5 days after it began

Published: Sep. 23, 2017 at 7:46 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 25, 2017 at 2:57 PM HST
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SOUTH POINT, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii County firefighters are starting to gain the upper hand on a fire that has been burning on the south side of the island for the last five days.

Hawaii County officials say the fire, burning in the Kaalualua area near South Point, is now 80 percent contained. No structures or communities are threatened.

On Sunday, fire officials said the fire scorched at least 2,000 acres near Waikapuna Bay.

No road closures have been put in place, but officials are advising the public to stay out of the area because the smoke can cause breathing problems and limited visibility.

Limited access and brisk winds are making it difficult for firefighters to extinguish the flames.

At least 30 fire personnel battled the flames from the ground and in the air.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

This story will be updated. 

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