Brush Fires Scorch ‘Ohi‘a Forest in Puna
Multiple brush fires reported in the Pāhoa District scorched three acres of ohia forest on Tuesday afternoon.
The fires were called into the Hawai‘i Fire Department at 1:13 p.m. When they arrived on scene, crews found the blaze burning above and below Upper Puna Road. According to HFD, the flames were consuming uluhe ferns, ‘ohi‘a trees, grasses and brush.
As the fire was difficult to access, HFD created multiple trails from Upper Puna Road to reach the flames. Helicopter water bucket drops were also utilized. The fire was under control by 7 p.m.
At this point, all fire operations have ceased. HFD monitored the scene overnight and will continue today, if necessary. Upper Puna Road remains open.
It is unknown what caused the brush fires and they are currently under investigation.