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UPDATE: Crews Extinguishing Hot Spots in Puu Waawaa Wildfire

January 13, 2014, 6:31 PM HST
* Updated January 14, 4:32 PM
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***Updated 4:32 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.***

Firefighters from the Department of Land and Natural Resources today continued mop-up operations at a North Kona brush fire.

The 22 firefighters from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife continued to extinguish hot spots within the perimeter of the 150-acre fire located in the Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve.

The effort is expected to continue on Wednesday, a DLNR spokeswoman said.

Posted 6:31 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13:

State and county firefighters today resumed their battle against a wildfire discovered Sunday night in the Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve.

The fire had burned about 150 acres of primarily fountain grass in a remote area of the reserve, a spokeswoman for the Department of Land and Natural Resources said this afternoon. The fire is believed to have been sparked by lightning.

Those fighting the blaze included 17 personnel from the DLNR’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife assisted by county firefighters.

Equipment being employed included three engines, two water tenders, two bulldozers and a brush truck.

Mop-up efforts will continue Tuesday, the spokeswoman said.

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