News

Fire Crews Working to Extinguish Mauna Loa Brush Fire

August 6, 2018, 12:41 PM HST
* Updated August 6, 5:00 PM
Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio...
A
A
A

Update: Volcano resident Ken Boyer posted this video of the brush fire:

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP) reports that a brush fire that started Sunday morning on Keauhou Ranch crossed Mauna Loa Road into HVNP and is moving west. National Park Service (NPS) firefighters and the County of Hawaiʻi are working to control the blaze, now estimated to be around 700 acres.

The brush fire on Mauna Loa. PC: HVNP

The fire is moving west towards Kapāpala Ranch, and is not contained at this time. County of Hawaiʻi fire personnel are also working to suppress the fire outside the park, which was reportedly sparked during repairs to a bulldozer. Firefighters from the Division of Forestry and Wildlife and volunteer firefighters from Volcano also responded.

Brush fire on Mauna Loa. PC: HVNP

Strong winds and dry conditions at the fire’s 4,800-foot elevation are making it a challenge to control. No homes or structures are currently at risk, but the fire has scorched native koa forest, which provides important habitat to endangered and endemic species like the Hawaiian hawk and Hawaiian bat.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW AD

Mauna Loa Road—along with most of the national park—has been closed to the public since May 11 due to hazardous seismic activity. The next significant rainfall is not expected until Wednesday, when Hurricane Hector is expected to impact the Hawaiian Islands.

Comments

This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Big Island Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments

Newsletters

Get a quick summary of what’s happening on the Big Island with our daily & weekly email of news highlights.