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Suspicious fires hit Big Island

A series of suspicious brush fires has prompted the Hawaii County Fire Department to ask the public’s help in finding those responsible.

The latest was Friday off Highway 190 near mile marker 16 in North Kona.

"They’re all suspicious in nature and probably intentionally set," Fire Chief Darren Rosario told West Hawaii Today.

The fire Friday burned about three acres. Since Nov. 25, seven fires have burned 654 acres between mile marker 14 in South Kohala and mile marker 24 in North Kona.

"We are asking the public to help us out and report anything they see as suspicious — anything," Rosa­rio said. "For brush fires being intentionally set, our biggest asset is people calling in suspicious vehicles. That way, the police can follow up."

UH-Hilo to teach tsunami prep

Online courses in tsunami preparedness are being offered by the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The courses will be taught by Walt Dudley, an oceanography professor and tsunami expert.

The self-paced courses will use online videos and quizzes to help participants prepare for tsunami hazards. Students may choose from specialized courses designed specifically for businesses, educators, ocean recreation and community emergency response teams.

Participants will get a certificate upon completion.

The courses cost $50 each. For more information or to register, call 974-7664 or visit academics/ccecs/registration.

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