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Daniel K. Inouye Highway reopens as Big Isle crews clean up after brush fire

UPDATE: 2 p.m.

Hawaii County police have reopened this afternoon Daniel K. Inouye Highway in both directions from the Old Saddle Road junction to the Highway 190 junction.

The highway had been closed overnight and throughout this morning due to an estimated 320-acre brush fire.

The police department urges the public to continue exercising extra caution when driving the stretch of highway between mile markers 46 and 49.5, as police may have to partially close a Hilo-bound lane while equipment is moved during demobilization.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense reports the Hawaii Fire Department, along with firefighters from the Pohakuloa Training Area and state Department of Forestry and Wildlife, continue to fight an estimated 320-acre brush fire along Daniel K. Inouye Highway between South Kohala and North Kona.

Crews remained on scene overnight to battle the blaze, which is located between the 46- and 48-mile markers of the DKI Highway. The roadway remains closed from the Old Saddle Road junction to the Highway 190 junction.

Motorists are advised to use Old Saddle Road as a detour.

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