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Brushfire burns near Keauhou Bird Conservation Center in Volcano district

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 3:12 p.m. alarm Friday (Nov 2) to a brushfire at Keauhou Ranch in the Volcano district.

Firefighters found fire in a mix of Ohia and Koa grasslands burning on open land near the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center.

A total of 25 personnel from Hawaii County Fire Department, volunteer firefighters and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park battled the blaze with ground crews and helicopters.

At nightfall crews had the fire 80% contained after numerous water drops by helicopters and ground crews working on the fire. Helicopter operations ceased at night but ground crews continued work on hotspots and the perimeter of the fire. Firefighters had the fire 95% contained by midnight with at least four acres burned.

Helicopter operations restarted at daylight Saturday (Nov 3) as ground crews continue to prevent the fire from spreading beyond the existing perimeter.

There were no injuries reported, no structures involved, no road closures and the cause has not been determined. The land is owned by Bishop Estate.

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