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Fire Now 63% Contained

August 12, 2018, 5:53 PM HST (Updated August 12, 2018, 5:54 PM)
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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reports that the Keauhou Fire is now 63% contained at 3,739 acres on the northeastern slopes of Mauna Loa, mostly within the park. The fire has slowed, thanks to favorable weather and progress by firefighters.

The Keahou Ranch Fire is now 63% contained. PC: HVNP

Firefighters are strengthening existing fireline and patrolling for hot spots along the eastern edge of the fire. On the southern edge, firefighters continue to secure the fire south of the Kīpuka Kī Special Ecological Area, a cultural heritage area and rare forest habitat for endangered species.

Cooler weather has helped fire crews construct additional fireline on the northern and western part of the fire. Light to moderate trade winds and mostly dry weather can be expected through Monday.

Smoke may be visible from Highway 11, and motorists are urged to drive with caution, roll up windows and use air conditioning if possible, and to stop for emergencies only. The fire is approximately one mile north of Highway 11.

Southern California Incident Management Team Two took command of the fire on Aug. 10, 2018. Cooperating agencies include the National Park Service, Hawaiʻi County Fire Department, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, State Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) and the Research Cooperation Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi.

Fallen NPS firefighter Brian Hughes was honored Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in his hometown of Hilo. A procession of emergency services vehicles passed through town. A memorial was held at the Hilo Yacht Club. More information can be found online.

Rangers and firefighters and rangers are thankful for the continued support from the community. Mauna Loa Road and most of the park have been closed since May 11 due to hazardous seismic activity.

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