Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) firefighters today continued their response to an estimated 150 acre brushfire which was first reported last night just after 6 p.m. An initial crew of five DLNR personnel and a bulldozer responded to the fire Sunday evening, along with Hawaii County Fire Department.
Today, there were 17 Division of Forestry and Wildlife personnel who returned to the scene at 5 a.m., near upper Mamalahoa Highway, along with one brush truck, three engines, two water tenders, and two bulldozers. Crews worked to build a fire line around the perimeter of the fire.
Winds were light, and there was no rain. The fire is located in a remote area of Puu Waawaa forest reserve and is thought to have been started by lightning from recent storm activity.
A total of 22 personnel will be working to continue mop-up activity tomorrow. Fire is fully contained this evening