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UPDATE: 20-Acre Brushfire at Keamuku Maneuver Area

June 6, 2016, 4:36 PM HST
* Updated June 7, 10:45 AM
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Photo of helicopter crew assisting in Kawaihae brush fire effort taken Saturday. Photo credit: M. Scott Smith.

Helicopter crew assisting in brush fire. Stock photo credit: M. Scott Smith.

UPDATE
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A report issued last night at 8:31 p.m. stated that the brushfire that began at noon yesterday at Keamuku Maneuver Area is 100% contained.

According to Pohakuloa Training Area’s Fire and Emergency Services, the fire burned approximately 50 acres.

Hot spots remain and will be observed overnight and managed by an on-site command post.

Throughout the day, PTA’s Fire and Emergency Services, Waimea Fire and Hawai’i County Fire Departments provided response.

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An Hawai’i County helicopter and PTA’s MEDEVAC UH-60 helicopter responded with water buckets which were critical to the firefighting success.

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Two D-7 bulldozers are on site and prepared to respond if necessary.

No buildings or structures have been damaged, and no injuries reported. The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time and is under investigation.

Updates will be provided as new information is known.

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ORIGINAL POST
Monday, June 6, 2016

Firefighters are currently responding to a brushfire at Keamuku Maneuver Area.

According to Pohakuloa Training Area’s Fire and Emergency Services, the fire began at noon and has encompassed 20 acres. It is currently 40 percent contained. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Two helicopters are providing water bucket support. In addition to PTA’s Fire and Emergency Services, other responding agencies include the Waimea Fire and Hawai’i County Fire Department.

At this time, no buildings or structures have been damaged; no injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire will be investigated.

Updates will be provided as new information is released.

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