Kaiminani Drive brush fire put out

  • A firefighter assesses a fire off Kaiminani Drive Tuesday afternoon. (

  • A fire approaches Kaiminani Drive Tuesday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • A firefighter assesses a fire off Kaiminani Drive Tuesday afternoon. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Above: Chopper 2 makes a water drop on a fire near Kaiminani Drive Tuesday afternoon. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Firefighters battle a fire on Ane Keohokalole Highway near Palamanui Tuesday afternoon.

KAILUA-KONA — A brush fire likely sparked by a cigarette burned about 100 acres Tuesday afternoon off Kaiminani Drive in Kailua-Kona.

Firefighters responding to the 1:40 p.m. alarm, arrived at the scene north of Kaiminani Drive and makai of Ane Keohokalole Highway to find about 1/2 to 1 acre burning with strong and gusty winds fanning the flames, according to the Hawaii Fire Department. Witnesses told firefighters that they had seen someone discard a cigarette out of a vehicle window prior to the fire’s ignition.

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The fire was controlled using two fire department helicopters performing water drops and two privately contracted dozers to cut a firebreak. Ground crews units extinguished hot spots and prevented the fire from jumping both Kaiminani Drive and Ane Keohokalole Highway.

The fire was declared out at 7 p.m.

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Hawaii Community College — Palamanui officials said the campus was evacuated about 3 p.m. Tuesday. All afternoon and evening classes were canceled.

The college is closed today due to Hurricane Lane’s impending arrival.