Small brush fire burns down power pole, threatens home in Kawaihae

KAILUA-KONA — One lane of Kawaihae Road was shutdown because of a brush fire this afternoon.

Hawaii Fire Department personnel were called out to the blaze at 2:54 p.m. Officials say the fire was small and burning in keawe on the mauka side of Kawaihae Road, almost directly across from the LST landing at Kawaihae Harbor.

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The fire grew to about a half-acre. Fire Battalion Chief Michael Grace said it burned down one power pole and threatened a home. The road was reopened shortly after 5 p.m.

Grace said the fire was contained fairly quickly.

“We’re fortunate we got there fast enough,” he said.

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Crews were called off the fire at 3:58 p.m.

Grace said it is unknown how the fire started at this time.