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Fire consumes 3 acres in Kailua-Kona, may have started from a homeless campfire

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Firefighters responded to a 10:35 alarm Thursday (April 28) to an area near Hualalai Road and Kuakini Highway in Kailua-Kona for a brush fire.

Arriving crews found about 1.5 acres burning with 5 mph winds blowing from the west pushing the fire mauka.

Four fire engine units responded along with a tanker unit, two medic units, volunteer firefighters, a county water truck and a D-8 bulldozer from Isemoto.

Crews were able to cut a fire break, had the fire under control by 2 p.m. and it was declared out at 2:32 p.m.

Hualalai Road was closed between Alii Drive and Queen Kaahumanu Highway to allow for fire crews and vehicles to work in the area.

The fire consumed three acres and the cause of the blaze was reported to have possibly been a homeless person’s campfire.

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