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Firefighters tend to hot spots from Big Isle brush fire

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    Lightning strikes are believed to have ignited fountain grass in the forest area starting a brush fire that was reported at 6 p.m. Sunday, the state land department said. More than 150 acres in the Big Island's Puu Waawaa forest reserve have been destroyed.
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Lightning is believed to have caused the brush fire that has destroyed 150 acres in the Big Island’s Puu Waawaa forest reserve.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources firefighters today continued to extinguish hot spots within the fire perimeter.

Lightning strikes are believed to have ignited fountain grass in the forest area starting a brush fire that was reported at 6 p.m. Sunday, the state land department said.

On Tuesday, 22 Division of Forestry and Wildlife personnel returned to the fire scene near upper Mamalahoa Highway, along with one brush truck, three engines, two water tenders and one bulldozer.

Terrain in the fire area is relatively flat. Winds were light, and there was no rain.

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