Fast-spreading brush fire spurs evacuations in Kailua-Kona

  • A brushfire approaches Queen Kaahumanu Highway Wednesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A water tanker sprays down an area off Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. Wednesday as a brushfire quickly spread and jumped the road. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A dozer gets ready to cut a fire break off Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. as Wednesday’s fire jumps the highway. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Smoke from a brushfire Wednesday closes Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A brushfire approaches Queen Kaahumanu Highway Wednesday morning. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A brushfire that ignited Wednesday next to Pottery Terrace quickly spread and jumped Queen Kaahumanu Highway near Hualalai Rd. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hawaii Fire Department Chopper 2 makes a water drop Wednesday on a brushfire started next to Pottery Terrace. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Firefighters assess Wednesday’s brushfire that jumped Queen Kaahumanu Highway. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A firefighter sprays water on a brushfire Wednesday on Queen Kaahumanu Highway. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A firefighter keeps Wednesday morning’s brushfire from reaching homes in the Hillcrest subdivision. Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today

  • A firefighter enters a Hillcrest subdivision property to keep Wednesday morning’s fire from spreading to structures. Courtesy Photo/Special to West Hawaii Today

Residents of Hillcrest and Aloha Kona subdivisions as well as businesses in Pottery Terrace in Kailua-Kona were evacuated Wednesday as a fast-moving brush fire approached homes and structures.