comscore Brush fire near Lihue Airport flares up again | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Brush fire near Lihue Airport flares up again

Honolulu Star-Advertiser logo
Unlimited access to premium stories for as low as $12.95 /mo.
Get It Now
    A large brush fire that broke out Saturday morning behind the Lihue airport is affecting flights.

The brush fire that diverted flights from Lihue Airport flared up again early Sunday, the Kauai Fire Department said.

Engine 3 and a battalion chief responded to a flare-up at 3 a.m., doused the flames and saturated the area with water.

At about 8:44 a.m., more fire crews and personnel from the Kauai County Department of Public Works returned to the scene. The public works crew used a bulldozer and a front-end loader to move the debris around while the firefighters thoroughly soaked the exposed areas.

They left the scene at approximately 11:44 p.m., but there was another flare-up at 2:26 p.m. and yet another a couple of hours later, the county said.

About 40 acres was blackened.

The cause of the fire, which broke out at 8:21 a.m. Saturday, was undetermined. But it put enough smoke in the area to prompt controllers to divert at least three flights.

Comments have been disabled for this story...

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up