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Lava-sparked brush fire is now 80% contained

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:32 a.m. HST, Mar 28, 2011

A wildfire that sparked early this month on the Big Island is now 80 percent contained, according to the National Park Service. 

About 2,076 acres have been burned in the Napau fire, which was caused by a Kamoamoa fissure eruption on March 5. The fire is about seven miles southeast of the Kilauea Visitor Center, located on the east rift of the Kilauea Volcano. 

Firefighters said there was little fire activity due to lighter-than-expected trade winds and more than an inch of rain that fell in the past day, according to Gary Wuchner, fire information officer for the National Park Service.

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