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UPDATE: Waikoloa Green Waste Fire Contained

March 10, 2016, 3:01 PM HST
* Updated March 10, 5:09 PM
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This photo shows a view from fire near the Waikoloa Rubbish Dump, taken by a reader from Kohala. Photo credit: Renee Collins.

This photo shows a view from fire near the Waikoloa Rubbish Dump, taken by a reader from Kohala. Photo credit: Renee Collins.

***Updated at 5 p.m. to include additional information from the County of Hawai’i Department of Environmental Management.***

The Pu’uanahulu Landfill, also known as the Waikola Landfill, in West Hawai’i will be closed for the remainder of Thursday.

County of Hawai’i Department of Environmental Management officials say the closure is result of heavy smoke from a smoldering fire at the green waste processing site.

The fire remains under control and will be monitored through the night.

Pu’uanahulu Landfill is expected to reopen tomorrow at the regular time.

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***Updated at 3:45 p.m. with additional information from the Hawai’i County Fire Department.***

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A fire reported at a green waste facility at the Waikoloa Landfill has been contained, according to the Hawai’i County Fire Department.

Acting West Hawai’i Battalion Chief Paul Austria told Big Island Now that several engine crews are on scene patting down the fire, which is relegated to compost piles in the green waste disposal area.

An employee at the landfill reported the fire at 12:45 p.m. It is not known how the fire started.

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***Original story posted at 3:01 p.m.***

The Hawai’i County Fire Department is battling a fire that was reported near the Waikoloa Rubbish Dump.

Fire fighters from the South Kohala Fire Station have been dispatched to the area.

No additional details are currently available.

Big Island Now will update this story as information becomes available.

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