Firefighters battle raging wildfire on Hawaii Island fueled by strong winds

  • Source: KFVE-TV CBS 5 Kailua-Kona
  • Published: 08/11/2022 12:10 AM

Strong winds are fueling a wildfire on Hawaii Island in the Waikoloa region. Officials said gusts above 30 mph have pushed the flames from inside the Pohakuloa Training Area, onto state property, on the Kona side of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway near Puuanuhulu. County, state, and federal fire crews are on the scene working with bulldozers to create fire breaks. According to officials, the fire has been smoldering for weeks but erupted in size today after getting whipped up by strong winds. Councilmember Tim Richard said the front line appears to be a few miles long. The president of the Federal Firefighters of Hawaii said the flames span about 10,000 acres. No homes are threatened but communities may smell the smoke, authorities said.


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