Ka`u Brush Fire Engulfs 840 Acres, Continues to Burn

A brush fire that began burning Thursday in the Ka`u District scorched 840 acres as of Thursday evening and continues to burn.

Hawai`i County Fire Department officials say that firefighters arrived on scene just after 7 a.m., where they found a fire burning in a remote area of Ka`u coastline near Waikapuna Bay.

Due to the location of the fire, there was a delay in access, causing the fire to grow to five acres before it was tended to. HFD reports that much of the fire area was not accessible with fire vehicles.

Upon reaching close proximity, dozens of firefighters were utilized to establish fire breaks and choppers made water drops in an attempt to extinguish the blaze.

The fire burned through the evening hours, spreading slowly, and continues to burn into Friday.

The cause of the fire is currently undetermined and no related injuries have been reported.

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