UPDATE: Highway Reopens Following Fire Near Punalu`u

Updated at 8:40 p.m.

Highway 11 by Punalu`u Beach Park has been reopened to all traffic.

The Hawai`i County Fire Department remains in the area in case of possible flair ups from the recent brush fire.

Updated at 11:08 a.m.

The Hawai`i Police Department and Hawai`i County Fire Department has controlled the brush fire in the area of Punaluu Beach Park.

Excessive smoke and hot spots remain a dangerous concern to the public, according to offocials.

As a result of the smoke and hot spots Highway 11 remains closed for an undetermined time period while fire crews work on hotspots in the area and the smoke clears.

A detour has been setup through the area by using Ninole Loop for essential vehicles only.

This detour may closed should the fire start back up.

Original story published at 8:39 a.m.

The Hawai`i Police Department and Hawai`i County Fire Department are advising the public to avoid Highway 11 in the vicinity of Punalu`u Beach as the result of a brush fire.

As of 8:30 a.m., officials say a detour has been setup through the area by using Ninole Loop.

The highway will remain closed for the next several hours.

This detour may have to be closed should the fire increase.