Highway 190 brush fire on Big Island 90 percent contained

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WAIMEA, Hawaii (KHON2) — Firefighters on Hawaii Island are working to put out a brush fire on Highway 190 at the 7 mile-marker on Sept. 12.

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Flames first broke out around 9 a.m. Dozens of firefighters responded to the scene and found a working brush fire on both sides of Highway 190 at the Old Saddle Road intersection.

The fire was initially around three to five acres, which expanded in the south-west direction with winds blowing around 10 to 15 mph.

Firefighters extinguished a smaller fire on the mauka side of the highway, while most of the responders worked to contain the fast-moving fire on the makai side of the highway. By 4 p.m. officials said that the head of the fire had been contained. The fire altogether is 90 percent contained.

The Hawaii Fire Department will remain on the scene overnight to monitor the fire and will continue to put out hot spots.

No structures were damaged during the fire and no injuries were reported.

Highway 190 was temporarily closed due to the fire, but it was later reopened.

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