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Hawaii County firefighters making headway on two wildfires

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:59 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2012

Hawaii County firefighters were making headway Friday with the larger of two Pahala fires totaling nearly 5,300 acres.

The  Fire Department said this afternoon that the 4,900-acre makai fire is now 60 percent contained.

The 400-acre fire located mauka of Pahala town remains at 95 percent contained and is under control, officials said.

Firefighters are concentrating their efforts on the northern and southern flanks of the makai fire, and are monitoring and maintaining the perimeter along the fire breaks, as well as dousing hot spots as needed.

Four firefighters from the National Park Service assisted 14 county firefighters.

The northern flank is close to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the 48-mile marker of Highway 11, also known as Mamalahoa Highway, while the southern flank is in the vicinity of the 53-mile marker.

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