POSTED: 8:32 a.m. HST, Jul 3, 2012
Although Kauai's Hikimoe Ridge fire is now 75 percent contained, a voluntary evacuation notice is still in effect for cabins in the Puu Ka Pele section of Waimea Canyon State Park, state Department of Land and Natural Resources officials said.
"We understand that people may want to come to their cabins for the July 4 holiday," said DLNR Director William J. Aila. "Anyone that does so must be prepared to quickly evacuate in the event the fire could ramp up again.
"We urge extreme caution or even avoiding use of fireworks and campfires in any forested or wilderness area."
After battling the blaze for roughly a week, fire officials reported Monday that increased humidity and calmer winds at the end of last week and over the weekend allowed the fire to become 75 percent contained.
A total of roughly 652 acres have been singed, and the current estimated state cost of fire suppression is about $375,000, according to DLNR.
Hunting units A and J in the Puu Ka Pele forest reserve remain closed, DLNR reported. Notices of the fire closure are posted at the Kokee and Puu Opae Hunter Checking Stations.
The Puu Lua Reservoir and trout fishing will also remain closed until further notice. Access to the reservoir is closed at the 12 mile marker on Highway 550.