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Big Island firefighters battle brush fire that damaged property in Waimea



Big Island firefighters will continue working this weekend on a brush fire that damaged property today in Waimea.

The fire started about 12:30 p.m. along Mamalahoa Highway near Mile Marker 61 in Waimea, said Hawaii Fire Department Assistant Chief Darren Rosario.

The fire came close to the homes, leading police to call for a voluntarily evacuation of about 30 homes in the Kanehoa subdivision, Rosario said.

An evacuation shelter was opened at Waimea Community Center, but no one showed up.

Fire Battalion Chief Marshall Luke said the 130-acre fire came close to some homes on large lots about an acre in size. The blaze damaged a greenhouse, two storage sheds, and a farm structure about 100 square feet in size.

Two helicopters, five engine companies, four tankers, and five brush trucks worked on the fire, and a bulldozer built a fire break during the day. 

Ouli Street was closed because of the fire trucks blocked the roadway.

Firefighters had the blaze surrounded at 8 p.m. but it was still smoldering, Luke said.

Two brush trucks and two engines stayed overnight to address hot spots.

No homes were threatened last night, and no one was injured. The cause remained undetermined.


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