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Brush Fire Continues to Spread Across Kohala, HFD Makes Containment Progress

July 14, 2021, 12:05 PM HST
* Updated July 14, 11:50 AM
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A brush fire continues to burn across the northern portion of the Big Island.

The flames took hold in Ouli Gulch, between Kohala Mountain Road and Kawaihae Road, near both Kamuela View Estates and South Kohala View Estates. According to Hawaii County, the fire began near the 4-mile marker on Kohala Mountain Road and progressed downhill toward both subdivisions. No evacuations or road closures proved necessary however, as two bulldozers were called in to cut fire breaks.

Kohala brush fire burns on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. PC: County of Hawaii

Seventeen Hawaiʻi Fire Department units responded and worked through the night to contain the fire. Responding units were able to prevent any damage to homes or critical infrastructure, the county said.

The fire is currently 200 acres in size as of 11 am Wednesday, less than the 500-700 acres HFD initially estimated during the cover of darkness, which made it more difficult to ascertain the exact breadth of the blaze. The brush fire is reportedly 75% contained. Crews remain on scene and are currently working to put out hot spots in the burn area.

HFD Chopper 1 is also on scene working to extinguish hot spots in inaccessible areas. There are no imminent threats to life or property at this time, the county said. HFD officials are asking the public to remain cautious and drive safely in the area. All roadways remain open. 

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Updates will continue as HFD works to extinguish the fire.

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