Brush fire closes Highway 11 in Ka‘u

Hawaii Police Department and Hawaii Fire Department are advising motorists to avoid Mamalahoa Highway (Route 11) by Punaluu Black Sands Beach Park in Ka‘u because of a brush fire,

The highway will remain closed for the next several hours and a detour has been setup through the area via Ninole Loop. This detour may have to be closed should the fire get larger, so stay informed for additional road closures or modifications to the traffic pattern.

Be aware of emergency workers in the area and drive with aloha.

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