Brush fire scorches 121 acres near South Point

KAILUA-KONA — South Point Road remained closed at press time Friday as firefighters watched for hot spots after a brush fire that sparked Thursday night burned more than 100 acres.

Hawaii Fire Department Capt. Chris Carvalho said the fire, which was reported about 10 p.m. Thursday, consumed about 121 acres of grass, small brush and kiawe. It was nearly contained as of about 10:30 a.m. Friday and no structures were lost or threatened.

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Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the day, dousing hot spots and flareups. A Hawaii County helicopter also assisted with water drops.

Winds of about 20 mph blowing from the east-northeast assisted firefighters’ efforts in quashing the fire, helping to fan the flames more makai and into areas already burned.

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Capt. Miles Chong stationed out of Naalehu said police officers helped evacuate a handful of fishermen from the South Point area shortly after the fire was reported. No other evacuations were ordered.

Kamaoa Road, which leads to the Discover Harbour subdivision, remained open as the South Point Road closure was below that area, Chong said.

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