Hawai‘i Fire Department provides mutual aid in brush fire burning at Pōhakuloa Training Area
6:03 p.m. update on Monday: High winds are reinvigorating the smoldering fire. It is estimated at approximately 120 acres currently with 50% containment.
The fire is traveling westward towards Pu’u Kee Kee. Pōhakuloa Training Area firefighters and Hawai‘i County firefighters are on scene to prevent fire from moving out of PTA.
PTA Public Works bulldozers and water tank are creating fire breaks. Army helicopters are conducting bucket drops. There is no danger to the surrounding communities.
Original post: Hawai‘i Fire Department sent two tankers to aid Pōhakuloa Training Area Fire Department in stamping out a brush fire that ignited on Nov. 10.
According to officials, the fire started early in the morning in the area of mile marker 41 along Daniel K. Inouye Highway and is well within the Pōhakuloa Training Area.
Burning in Training Area 15, the fire was last reported at 40 acres and 50% contained primarily by 25th Infantry Division aircraft bucket drops. Firefighters remain on site to monitor the situation.
Hawai‘i Fire officials say it looks like crews have a good handle on the blaze.
Smoke is visible in the area but structures have been damaged and no roads are closed.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.