Roads reopen as firefighters get upperhand on South Kohala fire

A Waikoloa resident packs a vehicle Sunday afternoon following a mandatory evacuation order issued shortly after noon. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Vehicles head down Waikoloa Road after residents and visitors lodging in the area were ordered to evacuate as an out-of-control wildland fire threatened the South Kohala town Sunday afternoon. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Hawaii County officials are asking residents and visitors to remain vigilant and to be prepared for evacuate if needed as firefighters continue to battle a 40,000-acre wildland fire that threatened Waikoloa Village Sunday afternoon.