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Firefighters battle brushfire in Ka‘u

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UPDATED MEDIA RELEASE (8/27/09 at 1:42 p.m.)

Hawaii County Civil Defense has opened Highway 11 to one-lane of traffic near the 56 mile-marker. Both lanes of traffic are expected to be open in about an hour.

Posted ( 8/27/09 at 11:45 a.m.)

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 12:22 a.m. alarm Thursday morning (Aug 27) for a brushfire in the Punaluu area of Ka‘u district at Ninole Loop.

By 5 a.m. the brushfire was approximately 12 acres in size near Punaluu Golf Course. Crews have been at the scene continuously throughout the day extinguishing flare-ups and keeping the fire contained. No injuries have been reported and no structures have been threatened.

Hawaii County Civil Defense reported Highway 11 was closed near the 56 mile-marker at 11:15 a.m. and expected the highway to open in an hour.

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