DLNR Firefighters Respond to Wildfire in Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve – Lightning Believed to Start Fire

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.

Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve

Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve

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

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