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Hookena Fire Contained, Beach Road Open

March 7, 2016, 9:20 AM HST
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Fire fighters from the Hawai’i County Fire Department have completely contained a brush fire that burned near Hookena Beach Road on Sunday.

West Hawai’i Battalion Chief Ty Medeiros told Big Island Now on Monday morning that the fire, which started Sunday morning, was completely contained later in the day. Several units remain on the scene to put out hot spots, and a Hilo-based chopper has been dispatched to the fire scene to assist in extinguishing the blaze.

A total of 24 acres were charred in the brush fire.

Medeiros said that the cause of the fire is under investigation, and without a clear understanding of how the fire started, this blaze is also being “considered suspicious.”

Ho’okena Beach Road was closed for several hours as crews were battling the fire. The road re-opened just before 10:30 a.m. on Sunday and has remained open since.

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