UPDATE: West Hawai’i Brush Fire Causes Road Closure
***Updated at 2:25 p.m.***
***Updated at 1:50 p.m.***
Hualalai Road remains closed from Alii Drive to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway Extension, according to the Hawai’i Police Department.
Authorities continue to ask motorists in the area to avoid the area directly as the Hawai’i County Fire Department continues to battle a brush fire.
***Updated at 12:10 p.m.***
The Hawai’i Police Department reports that the Hualalai Road closure has extended to the Kuakini Hwy intersection.
Motorists are asked to take alternate routes and to avoid this location.
In addition, the Old Airport gymnasium has been opened as a shelter.
***Updated at 11:45 a.m.***
Hualalai Road from Alii Drive to Nani Kailua is currently closed as a result of a brush fire in the area. All motorists are asked to avoid this location and take alternate routes as HFD crews address this fire.
There is not estimated reopening time.
Stay with Big Island Now as we continue to follow the brush fire.
***Original story posted at 10:55 a.m.***
Big Island Now is receiving reports of a brush fire in the area of Hualalai Elderly Housing in West Hawai’i.
The fire reportedly began around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Hawai’i County Fire Department crews are reportedly making their way to the scene.
Stay with Big Island Now as we bring you updated information as it become available.