Firefighters quash flare-up


Firefighters Tuesday afternoon doused a flare-up in the remnants of a 5-acre brush fire that broke out Saturday in Kailua-Kona.

Crews responded around 12:15 p.m. to a report of smoke and quickly doused the hot spot, which was limited to a smoldering log, within the fire site located mauka of Kuakini Highway and north of Oni Oni Street, said Hawaii Fire Department West Hawaii Battalion Chief Ty Medeiros.

The fire broke out shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday in dead trees and grass near the Kona Hillcrest subdivision, according to the Hawaii Fire Department. Officials said the fire was likely ignited by children illegally playing with fireworks.

Medeiros said while crews will not remain at the scene, firefighters will respond if smoke is reported visible.