HFD Remains on Scene of Highway 19 Brush Fire
Video by Darde Gamayo.
The Hawai‘i Police Department reported the closure of Highway 19 in both directions at the 32 Mile Marker just north of O‘okalain the Honoka‘a District, due to a brush fire on Monday, June 26, 2017.
The Hawai‘i County Fire Department arrived on the scene at 3:42 p.m. to find a fully engulfed vehicle fire that ignited brush along the highway and quickly spread to pastureland and eucalyptus forest, due to strong gusty winds. There were no injuries.
There were no injuries.
The fire was brought under control at 4:30 p.m.
Once crews established a defensive line to prevent the fire from jumping the highway, the Waimea-bound lane opened. At 8 p.m., both lanes of Highway 19 opened.
Fire crews remained on scene overnight and will continue extinguishing the fire throughout the day, with the assistance of Chopper 1.