Firefighters quickly douse North Kona brush fire


Firefighters quickly extinguished a small brush fire Wednesday morning near mile marker 17 on Mamalahoa Highway in North Kona.

The Hawaii County Fire Department firefighters responding to the 6:27 a.m. report, arrived to find a small brush fire on the mauka side of the highway, also known as Highway 190, being fanned by mauka-to-makai winds, said Special Operations Battalion Chief Gerald Kosaki. The firefighters were able to hold the blaze to 900 square feet.

The fire was declared extinguished at 7:30 a.m., he said.