Evacuations ordered as brush fire burns out of control

  • A brush fire that has consumed more than 12,000 acres continues to rage Saturday evening. Special to West Hawaii Today

  • A brush fire that has consumed more than 12,000 acres continues to rage Saturday evening. Special to West Hawaii Today

Strong winds have hampered efforts to contain a brush fire in South Kohala that by late Saturday afternoon had burned more than 12,000 acres — and counting.