UPDATE: Kona Brush Fire Under Control

Updated at 4:45 p.m.

The Hawai`i Fire Department reports the brush fire burning in Kona near Hina-Lani Street and Ane Keohokalole Highway is under control.

Officials ask the public to continue to avoid the area as fire crews are still working on the fire.

Original story published at 3:48 p.m.

Hawai`i County Civil Defense reports a brush fire in the Kona area near Hina-Lani Street and Ane Keohokalole Highway as of 3 p.m. on Friday.

County officials say that the Hawai`i County Fire Department is actively battling the blaze.

A shelter has been set up at the Old Kona Airport Gymnasium for those who have been evacuated or need shelter.

In addition, motorists are being asked to avoid the area as fire and police personnel are in the area.

An estimated burn acreage was not immediately available.

BIGISLANDWatch.com will continue to monitor the blaze and post information as it is available.

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