HFD: Group of 20 ‘Good Samaritans’ Contain Brush Fire

A South Kohala brush fire was kept at bay Sunday by good samaritans.

The Hawai`i County Fire Department reports that crews responded to an area off highway 19 near the 69 mile marker at 5:41 p.m., where they located a 200-foot by 30-foot brush fire burning on the makai side of the Highway.

Approximately 20 good Samaritans had contained the fire, per HFD officials, using water bottles, soda, beer, and extinguishers.

HFD units wet down and foamed the area upon their arrival.

“Had the good samaritans not contained the fire prior to HFD units arriving, this could have easily been a run away brush fire with very strong winds, that would have burned towards Wailea and Puako area,” HFD officials remarked.

Trade winds Sunday were blowing roughly 25 to 40 miles per hour.

A total of seven fire fighters responded to the incident. No injuries were reported.