Lightening Strikes Reportedly Cause Hokukano Ranch Fire

The Hawai`i County Fire Department is working to put out a fire that began Sunday afternoon as the apparent result of lightning strikes.

Firefighters arrived just before 2:30 p.m. to an area seven miles up Hokukano Ranch Road Road to find two moderate-sized brush fires burning about 50 acres in a very remote area with no radio or phone coverage.

HFD reports that witnesses say they saw lightning strikes in the area ahead of the fire.

The fires eventually merged into a single fire due to light wind. HFD officials say the area was initially difficult to access but that private landowners arrived quickly to aid in bulldozing and water operations.

As of 8 p.m. on Sunday the fire was listed as contained but by Monday morning the fire had burned 350 acres.