Firefighters continue to battle brush fire along Highway 190

A hot spot flares up at the cinder cone off of Waikoloa Road Friday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
Firefighters battle the wide spread blaze on Highway 190 south of the Old Saddle Road junction Friday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today Heavy equipment from Isemoto Contracting is unloaded to cut fire breaks Friday afternoon at the Waikoloa junction.

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today A county fire chopper heads out from the Waikoloa Fire Station to make a water drop Friday afternoon.

A brush fire, moving quickly because of high winds, spreads over a ridge close to Highway 190 on Friday afternoon.

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today

KAILUA-KONA — Poor firefighting conditions are expected to persist through the next several days as crews work to suppress a brush fire that has scorched 13,000 acres along Highway 190.