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Wildfire continues to burn in Waikoloa

Karin Stanton/ Contributing Editor

Firefighters late Monday had a perimeter cut around a wildfire in Waikoloa, but were continuing to monitor it overnight, according to Fire Department and Civil Defense spokesmen.

The blaze, reported at 3 p.m., had burned about 130 acres by 10 p.m. and was considered “more or less” contained.

Crews cut a break around the fire using existing roads and lava flows, and a two-mile-long wet break. Hot spots and flare-ups were contained within the break, although a large pile of logs and green waste in one corner was burning late Monday.

Winds overnight were not expected to create a problem.

No injuries or evacuations were reported and no structures were threatened. The cause of the fire – north of the golf course and west of the village – is under investigation.

Volunteer and military units joined Hawaii Fire Department to tackle the fire, with assistance from two county choppers and bulldozers.

The location was described as “wildland/urban interface south of Akaula Court.

The land is owned by Waikoloa Land Co.

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