UPDATE (3:40 p.m.) – A Hawaii County Civil Defense update says the Highway 190 closure is still in effect between the Old Saddle Road intersection and the Waimea Airport Road intersection.
UPDATE (1:45 p.m.) – There is a new road closure due to the runaway brushfire in Waimea, courtesy Hawaii County Police via Nixle:
The Hawai’i Police Department reports a temporary road closure of Route 190, from the Old Saddle Road intersection (6mp) to the Waimea Airport Road intersection (2mp) in Waimea due to a brush fire. The Hawai’i Police Department requests that motorist use alternate routes such Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Waikoloa Village Road, and Kawaihae Road. The Hawai’i Police Department also advises all motorist to use extreme caution while driving in these areas as visibility may be hampered due to the smoke. Please drive with Aloha.
(BIVN) – A runaway brushfire is reportedly burning in Waimea in the area of the Puukapu Farm Lots.
A Hawaii County Civil Defense message issued at around 1 p.m. states that due to the fire, the following advisories are issued:
- Persons are requested to stay out of the Puukapu Farm Lots and away from the active fire area.
- Highway 190 is open to traffic, motorist should expect delays and be on the look out for emergency vehicles.
- Closures may occur with out notice.
Civil defense says it will update the message if there is any change to conditions that may affect your safety.