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Kealakekua fire update for Monday (Jan 11)

UPDATED 4:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11

This is Fire Chief Darryl Oliveira of the Hawaii Fire Department with a brush fire update for 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11.

Firefighting operations on the Kealakekua Mauka brush fire in Kona were continued today with activities focused on extinguishing flare-ups, hotspots, and areas burning within the fire breaks. The fire break and perimeter remains secure and will be monitored.

Operations continue to be supported with resources from the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, National Park Service, Department of Army Pohakuloa Fire Department, Bishop Estates Trust, and various community and business partners. Equipment on scene today included 8 brush trucks, 2 gamma military off road vehicles, and 4 tankers.

Although progress is being made and some reports indicate the smoke conditions in the Kona area has improved, the community may continue to experience heavy smoke conditions depending upon local area wind and weather conditions.

Once again, the fire fighting operations on the Kealakekua Mauka brush fire are continuing and personnel and equipment will be on scene throughout the night. The fire area remains secure and there is no threat to property at this time.

This is a Civil Defense message. (Updated 1/11/10 2:55 p.m.)

This is a brushfire update for Monday January 11 at 12 oclock

Firefighting efforts continue on the Kealakekua Mauka brush fire utilizing firefighters and resources from the County of Hawaii, State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the Department of Army Pohakuloa Fire Department, and Bishop Estates Trust.

Resources on scene today include bulldozers, brush trucks, tankers and specialized wildland apparatus. Todays objectives continue to be the maintenance of a secure perimeter, the extinguishment of hotspots and flareups and the reduction and extinguishment of unburnt fuel in difficult to reach areas within the fire breaks.

Due to firefighting efforts smoke generated by fire is diminishing daily, but continues to be a persistent problem for Kona residents during the evening through mid morning hours. The Department of Health continues to monitor smoke from the brushfire and DOH information for dealing with smoke can be found on the County of Hawaii web site, click on the Civil Defense Message link. www.hawaii-county.com/

Again, the firefighting efforts at the Kealakekua mauka brush fire continues. The fire breaks and perimeter remains secure and the fire does not pose a threat to property at this time.

Thank you and have a safe day.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

This is a Civil Defense message. (1/11/01 7:15 a.m.)

This is a brushfire update for Monday January 11 at 8 o’clock

Firefighting efforts continue on the Kealakekua Mauka brush fire utilizing firefighters and resources from the County of Hawaii, State Division of Forestry and Wildlife, the Department of Army Pohakuloa Fire Department, and Bishop Estates Trust.

Resources on scene today includes bulldozers, brush trucks, tankers and specialized wildland apparatus. Todays objectives continue to be the maintenance of a secure perimeter, the extinguishment of hotspots and flareups and the reduction and extinguishment of unburnt fuel in difficult to reach areas within the fire breaks.

Again, the firefighting efforts at the Kealakekua mauka brush fire continues. The fire breaks and perimeter remains secure and the fire does not pose a threat to property at this time.

Thank you and have a safe day.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense.

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