‘Runaway’ brush fire burns 2,000 acres in Waimea

Photo: Ron Masters

A portion of Highway 190, also known as Mamalahoa Highway, was closed for several hours Friday as crews battled a “runaway” brush fire.

The fire was first reported at around noon in Waimea, in a dry, grassy area of the Puukapu farm lots along Paeli Alanui Street.

The flames spread quickly through the dry brush, damaging a structure and a vehicle. No one was hurt.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said as of 8 p.m., the fire had burned roughly 2,000 acres and was considered 80-percent contained.

More closures may occur without notice, police warn.

Drivers are urged to prepare for delays and use extreme caution as visibility may be hampered due to smoke.

Police are asking for witnesses to come forward by contacting Detective Dominic Uyetake at 326-4646, extension 228, or via email at Dominic.Uyetake@hawaiicounty.gov or by calling the department’s non-emergency line at 935-3311.

Callers who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Photo: Ron Masters

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