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Brushfire shuts down Hina Lani Street in Kona Wednesday (July 4)

The Hina Lani Street fire Wednesday afternoon (July 4). Photography by Vanessa-Karsin | Special to Hawaii 24/7

The Hina Lani Street fire Wednesday afternoon (July 4). Photography by Vanessa-Karsin | Special to Hawaii 24/7

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Hina Lani Street fire. Photography by Amy Rosato | Special to Hawaii 24/7

Hina Lani Street fire. Photography by Amy Rosato | Special to Hawaii 24/7

Hina Lani Street was closed Wednesday afternoon after a brushfire flared up along the north side of the Kaloko New Industrial Area road.

Smoke could be seen by people gathered in Kailua Village for the annual Independence Day parade and flames could be seen from Queen Kaahumanu Highway after sunset. At least one helicopter continued to make water drops after sunset.

The fire is burning mauka of Kamanu Street and is across Hina Lani from the Kaloko transitional housing complex.

As of 9 p.m., Hina Lani Street remained closed betweeen Queen Kaahumanu and Ane Keohokalole highways.

Fire crews have been on the scene since the blaze was reported about 4 p.m. Wednesday, but authorities had no other details.

The Red Cross reportedly opened a shelter for about 90 minutes Wednesday evening, but it has since closed.

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