The Keauhou Fire is now 86 percent contained and is still at 3,739 acres on the northeastern slopes of Mauna Loa, mostly within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Cooler weather and afternoon cloud cover kept the fire low and helped firefighters.
Firefighters continued progress Tuesday on securing fire line on the northern edge of the fire. Crews also worked to secure the southern edge of the fire, south of the Kīpukakī Special Ecological Area, a cultural heritage area and rare forest habitat for endangered species.
Fire crews improved safety along the Mauna Loa Road by carefully falling a limited number of trees that became hazards from the fire. By proactively taking down these trees, the area becomes not only safer for firefighters, but also for the park’s resource advisors and scientists who are studying the fire area and the long-term effects.
The fire may be visible from Highway 11, especially for Hilo (east) bound traffic, but is not impacting the road or travel.
Southern California Incident Management Team Two has been in command of the fire since August 10. Cooperating agencies include the National Park Service, Hawaiʻi County Fire Dept., U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, and the Research Cooperation Unit of the University of Hawaiʻi.