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Controlled burn near Saddle Road postponed to Thursday

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Gourse, shown here in bloom, is an invasive weed in Hawaii. Photo courtesy of CTAHR.

Gourse, shown here in bloom, is an invasive weed in Hawaii. Photo courtesy of CTAHR.

A controlled brush fire scheduled to take place tomorrow morning, Wednesday, Sept. 9, in an area above the intersection of Saddle Road and Mauna Kea Access Road, was postponed Wednesday.

Fire officials said the controlled burn, designed to aid in gorse eradication as well as to test new techniques for brushfire fighting, has been postponed to Thursday due to undesirable conditions at the burn site expected on Wednesday.

The Department of Hawaiian Homelands and Parker Ranch, in partnership with the Hawaii Fire Department, the Pohakuloa Department of Army Fire Protection Services and the National Park Service, are monitoring the controlled burn.

Motorists, meanwhile, are asked to drive with caution in the area. Updates will be issued by the Hawaii County Civil Defense if conditions or plans should change. For more information, call 961-8229.

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