Highway 190 Closed as firefighters battle blaze

  • Hawaii County Fire Department Firefighters watch a brush fire approaching Highway 190 Saturday night. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A brush fire approaches Highway 190 Saturday night. The fire burned more than 100 acres in an inaccessible area north of Puuanahulu Saturday afternoon. Hawaii County Fire Department Chopper 1 and 2 were making water drops, assisted by a Blackhawk helicopter from PTA. Dozers were called in to create a fire break. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A brush fire approaches Highway 190 Saturday night. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • County, state, PTA and volunteer companies respond to a brush fire off Highway 190 north of Puuanahulu Saturday night. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter makes a water drop on a brush fire in North Kona Saturday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A brush fire is seen from Highway 190 Saturday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A Hawaii County Fire Department helicopter makes a water drop on a brush fire in North Kona Saturday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

North Kona – Highway 190 in North Kona was closed Saturday evening from Puu Lani Ranch to Daniel K Inouye Highway as firefighters from the County, State, PTA and Volunteer Companies were on scene for a brush fire.

The fire burned in an inaccessible area north of Puuanahulu Saturday afternoon and smoke could be seen for miles.

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Hawaii County Fire Department Chopper 1 and 2 were making water drops, assisted by a Blackhawk helicopter from PTA. Dozers were called in to create a fire break.

By 6:00 pm the fire was approaching the highway.

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The Hawaii County Police Department closed the road so firefighters could fight the slow moving fire.

No structures were in danger. Firefighters expected to be on scene through the night.

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