Update: Kona brush fire scorches 1,000 acres


Firefighters Sunday morning resumed efforts to extinguish a brush fire that broke out Saturday afternoon near the Kohanaiki Business Park in North Kona.

The fire, which broke out around 11:15 a.m. Saturday in dry brush along Hulikoa Drive, above the Queen Kaahumanu Highway Matsuyama Food Mart, has consumed an estimated 1,000 acres, according to Hawaii Fire Department West Hawaii Battalion Chief Steve Loyola. Crews are currently working to contain the fire, which is not under control. They are being assisted by two Hawaii County helicopters.

The fire area stretches from Hulikoa Drive mauka toward Wainani Estates and north toward the Lokahi Makai subdivision, both located off Kaiminani Drive. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Motorists are advised to use caution in the areas of Hulikoa and Kaiminani drives. Fire and emergency personnel remain on the scene.