HONOLULU (KHON2) — Firefighters from the Hawaii Fire Department are battling a brush fire in the Hamakua District that has consumed about 14,000 acres as of Saturday, July 31, and prompted evacuation orders.
Officials with the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said at 6:50 p.m. that a mandatory evacuation for all residents of Pu`u Kapu Hawaiian Homestead and Waikii Ranch had been ordered. Civil Defense officials said the fire is located mauka of Highway 190 and north of Old Saddle Road.
A shelter for displaced residents is available at the Waimea District Park in Kamuela, according to fire officials. Old Saddle Road was closed between Highway 190 and Daniel K. Inouye Highway around 5:10 p.m. due to the fire.
Hawaii police said Highway 190 was closed to all traffic from Waimea Airport to Waikoloa Road due to the brush fire around 7 p.m. Saturday and advised motorists to use Queen Kaahumanu Highway instead.
Anyone who goes to the Waimea District Park shelter is advised to bring personal food, water and sleeping supplies. The shelter is a pet-friendly facility, according to Civil Defense officials.
Residents and motorists may experience poor air quality and visibility due to smoke in the area.
Anyone with respiratory illnesses is advised to stay indoors or consider getting out of the area, according to Civil Defense officials.