(BIVN) – Emergency officials say approximately 80% of the brush fire in Waimea is contained as of 8 p.m. Friday evening.
The Hawaii County Police Department reports Highway 190 is now open to all traffic. “Area motorists should drive with caution as emergency responders remain on scene,” a Civil Defense message stated.
Reports say the fire burned over 2,000 acres, starting in the Pu’ukapu Farm Lots just before noon today.
Hawaii County Police are trying to find witnesses to the blaze that began in a dry grassy area of a residential property in the 64-700 block of Paeli Alanui Street.
“The fire spread quickly through the dry brush causing damage to an uninhabited structure and a vehicle and continues to burn,” police reported earlier today. “There have been no reported injuries and the extent of the damages incurred by this fire have yet to be determined as Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel continue their efforts to contain the fire.”
Volunteers with the American Red Cross said they were responding to a residential fire reported in Waimea, and were heading to the scene to meet with affected residents and ensure their immediate emergency needs for food, shelter and clothing are met. Caseworkers will continue to follow up with anyone affected in the coming weeks to provide referrals, guidance or additional assistance as needed to help with the recovery process.