Updated at 11:30 p.m.
As of 8:30 p.m., approximately 80 percent of the brush fire in Waimea was contained.
Highway 190 has also been reopened to all traffic.
Updated at 4:31 p.m.
The Hawai`i Police Department is seeking witnesses to the start of Friday’s brush fire in Waimea.
HPD reports the fire began at approximately 11:58 a.m. in a dry grassy area of a residential property in the 64-700 block of Paeli Alanui Street.
The fire spread quickly through the dry brush causing damage to an uninhabited structure as well as a vehicle and continues to burn.
There have been no reported injuries and the extent of the damages incurred by this fire have yet to be determined as Hawaiʻi Fire Department personnel continue their efforts to contain the fire.
This investigation is being continued by the Area II Criminal Investigation Section and police ask that anyone with any information about this incident to contact Detective Dominic Uyetake at 326-4646, extension 228, or via email at Dominic.Uyetake@hawaiicounty.
Those who prefer to remain anonymous may call the island-wide Crime Stoppers number at 961-8300 and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crime Stoppers is a volunteer program run by ordinary citizens who want to keep their community safe. Crime Stoppers doesn’t record calls or subscribe to caller ID. Crime Stoppers information is kept confidential.
Updated at 1:45 p.m.
A temporary road closure has been put in place along Route 190, from the Old Saddle Road intersection to the Waimea Airport Road intersection in Waimea due to a brush fire.
The Hawai`i Police Department is requesting that motorists in the area use alternate routes such as Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Waikoloa Village Road, and Kawaihae Road.
HPD is also urging motorists to use extreme caution while driving in these areas due to potential visibility hazards.
Original story published at 1:26 p.m.
The Hawai`i Police Department is reporting a runaway brushfire in the area of the Puukapu Farm Lots in Waimea.
Residents in the area are being asked to stay out of the Puukapu Farm Lots and active fire areas.
Highway 190 is currently open to traffic and motorists in the area should expect delays and be on the look out for emergency vehicles.
Closures may occur in the area without notice.