(BIVN) – Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim on Friday expressed his appreciation for the community’s response to the recent brush fire, which burned roughly 2,200 acres of Waimea pasture last week.
The effort to put out the July 7 brush fire involved numerous federal, state, and county agencies, as well as private entities, preventing the fire from spreading even farther than it did.
The fire destroyed one home and a vehicle. Some farm animals were also lost in the blaze. The cause is under investigation.
Involved in the effort to fight the fire: The County of Hawaii Fire Department, Hawaii Police Department, and the County of Hawaii Department of Public Works; the State Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, the State Highways Division, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and the Pōhakuloa Training Area’s Fire Department.
Waimea residents also swung into action. The county says Parker Ranch mobilized a water tanker to help fight the blaze. Glenn Bertlemann and Kamuela Bertlemann brought in D-8 and D-6 bulldozers, and Rocket Fergerstrom brought in a D-9 bulldozer, officials say.
“This was a tremendous cooperative effort, where everybody came together to control, contain and put out the fire,” Mayor Kim said in a county media release. “I cannot find words to express how much I appreciate everyone’s hard work, quick action and the tremendous team system of responding to this fire.”