Most of Mamalahoa Highway closed: Fire crews gain some control over 5,300-acre Waikoloa brush fire

Left: Flames can be seen from the Waikoloa Post Office Wednesday evening. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Motorists are turned around at the Daniel K. Inouye Highway junction on Mamalahoa Highway as Hawaii firefighters battle a brush fire Wednesday afternoon (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Below: Traffic is at a standstill near Kawaihae Wednesday. (Rick Winters / West Hawaii Today)

Smoke from a brush fire is seen from Highway 190 Wednesday afternoon.

Highway 190 at the Daniel K Inouye Highway is filled with smoke from a brush fire off Waikoloa Road Wednesday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Waikoloa Village residents watch a brush fire from the post office Wednesday evening. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)