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Brush Fire Blackens More Than 1,000 Acres in Ka`u

June 2, 2014, 11:22 AM HST
* Updated June 3, 9:28 AM
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A brush fire fueled by gusty winds blackened more than 1,000 acres near Ka`alu`alu Bay in Ka`u Sunday afternoon.

Fourteen county firefighters and 11 volunteers responded to the 2:31 p.m. alarm.

Within 90 minutes, more than 400 acres had burned as the fire moved to the northwest, a spokesman from the Pahala Fire Station said.

The fire department used four-wheel-drive equipment to reach the remote area while two helicopters made bucket drops. Two rented two bulldozers were used to cut a fire break around the blaze’s perimeter.

Meanwhile, tanker trucks were stationed on South Point Road to protect home and other assets.

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The perimeter was secured at about 10 p.m.

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Firefighters remained at the scene overnight to monitor the fire. Helicopters were to resume bucket drops this morning.

The cause of the fire was unknown.

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