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Kauai firefighters battling 1,200-acre brushfire in Kokee

COURTESY KAUAI FIRE DEPARTMENT
                                The Kauai Fire Department is battling a 1,200-acre brushfire in Kokee that broke out early this morning.
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COURTESY KAUAI FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Kauai Fire Department is battling a 1,200-acre brushfire in Kokee that broke out early this morning.

4 p.m. UPDATE

Kauai County officials say firefighters and others remain on scene and continue to battle the brushfire that broke out early this morning.

As of 3:20 p.m., the fire was about 60% contained, officials said.

The Kauai Fire Department and County Department of Public Works continue to support personnel from the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife.

No injuries have been reported, and no homes or structures have been threatened.

Waimea Canyon Drive from mile marker 2 to the junction at Kokee Road remains closed.

“We are thankful to our fire crews and partners who continue to respond to this large brush fire,” said KFD Chief Michael Gibson in a statement. “Although the blaze is not yet contained, fire breaks in the area maintained by DLNR DOFAW and private landowners have greatly reduced the spread of the fire.”

EARLIER

The Kauai Fire Department is battling a 1,200-acre brushfire in Kokee that broke out early this morning.

KFD received a call for the brush fire near the mauka side of Waimea Canyon Drive shortly after 2:50 a.m.

Firefighters from the Waimea and Hanapepe fire stations responded, along with the on-duty battalion chief, the Kauai Police Department, Kauai Department of Public Works, and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Firefighters with the Pacific Missile Range Facility also responded.

KFD has deployed its Air 1 and Air 2 helicopters for water drops, and is getting assistance from private helicopters.

No injuries have been reported, and no homes or structures have been threatened.

The Kauai Police Department has closed Waimea Canyon Drive from mile marker 2 to the junction at Kokee Road.

The Kauai Emergency Management Agency is monitoring the situation, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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