Fire officials: 1,000 acres scorched in Kailua-Kona brush fire

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Big Island firefighters continue to battle a brush fire in Kailua-Kona.

The fire broke out at about 11:15 a.m. Saturday near Queen Kaahumanu Highway between Hulikoa and Kaiminani Drives.

According to officials, the fire has since burned 1,000 acres.

Two condominium complexes were evacuated as a precaution.

Residents who live near where the fire started say the fire came within feet of their home in the Lokahi Makai housing area late Saturday night.

“They were fighting it from maybe about, I’d say 3 p.m., all afternoon, all night and probably around from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. it got really bad. We saw everything, it was like five feet away from us when it really hit,” Kailua-Kona resident Bridgett Billaber said.

Billaber said quick action by firefighters helped save several structures on her street.

“While we still have this evening. We want to get those breaks in with the two bulldozers that are working right now. Once we can do that it will be easier to manage the perimeter of the fire and hopefully we can contain the fire within just the burned out area right now,” Hawaii Island Fire Department Assistant Chief Glen Honda said.

The West Hawaii Civic Center was opened as a shelter for the 300 displaced residents.

Two condo complexes were evacuated Saturday as a precaution but those residents were allowed to go back home Sunday.

The fire is not under control at this time.

No roads are closed and no injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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