Hawaii News

Friday, August 12, 2022

Wildfire surpasses 10,000 acress, no structures threatened

Dozens of county, state, and federal firefighters continue to battle a large wildfire that’s torched thousands of acres in a remote area near the boundary line of North Kona and South Kohala. No homes or structures were threatened as of press-time Thursday by the fire, which quickly grew from a flare-up Wednesday of an old blaze within the western portion of the U.S. Army’s Pohakuloa Training Area. According to officials, the fire had been smoldering in the area for several weeks, and high winds amid a red flag warning on Wednesday whipped up the flames. The winds, estimated around 30 mph, fanned the fire to 700 acres by Wednesday night and to 10,000 acres by mid-day Thursday, after entering state lands outside the military installation. The flames, which firefighters said topped 40 feet, were visible throughout the night from areas across South Kohala.
West Hawaii Today

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Firefighters battle raging wildfire on Hawaii Island fueled by strong winds

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.
KFVE-TV CBS 5 Kailua-Kona

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