Firefighters continue to battle hotspots at the scene of a large brush fire that initially broke out Tuesday afternoon in Poipu, in the vicinity of Ala Kinoiki, Po‘ipū, and Old Mill roads.
This is near Shipwrecks Beach in Poipu near the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort.
No injuries or structural damage has been reported.
One Kauai resident, Jasmine Ringler says she was headed to the Grand Hyatt Kauai when she noticed the smoke.
“The whole of Mahalapu, like the bushes of Mahalapu were on fire. It was huge. I’ve never seen a huge fire like that,” said Ringler. “People saw it even on the boats. At my old job, they were coming back from Niihau and halfway through the channel, and they saw it. That’s at least an hour away.”
As a safety precaution, residents located on Kipuka Street, including all connecting roads, Weliweli Tract, and the Poipu Kai condos were evacuated after about 6 p.m. due to the brush fire that broke out shortly before 3:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon near the Mahaulepu area. However, at 8:50 p.m., officials lifted the evacuation notice.
Fire crews had the roughly 500-acre fire under control at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, and remain at the scene on Wednesday.
Fire crews continue to patrol the area for flare ups,
On Tuesday, firefighters responded to the brush fire that was reported at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Firefighters first arrived on scene at approximately 3:40 p.m., with Air 1 en route at approximately 3:50 p.m. 24 KFD personnel responded to the incident.
Kaua‘i Police Department personnel responded to the scene at approximately 4:15 p.m. to close Ala Kinoiki (from Po‘ipū Road to Weliwli Road), Old Mill Road, and Po‘ipū Road (east of Ala Kinoiki intersection).
Police officers assisted with traffic control as well as notifying surrounding residents of evacuations.
As a safety precaution, fire officials evacuated residents on Kipuka Street, including all connecting roads, and Weliweli Tract at approximately 5:20 p.m.
Due to the evacuation, volunteers with the American Red Cross opened a shelter, with the assistance of the Department of Parks and Recreation, at the Kōloa Neighborhood Center from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m.
At approximately 8:50 p.m., officials reopened Kipuka Street, connecting roads, and Weliweli Tract and subsequently lifted the evacuation notice for those residents. Po‘ipū Road was reopened at 9:15 p.m. Ala Kinoiki remained closed through the night and reopened at approximately 6:20 a.m. on June 12.
On Wednesday, due to a small fire that reignited in the area, Kaua‘i Police Department personnel closed Ala Kinoiki (from Po‘ipū Road to Weliweli Road) from 12:30 to 1 p.m. That fire is now contained but crews remain on scene to monitor any flare ups.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Police had also closed Ala Kinoiki Road, from Poipu Road to Weliweli Road, Old Mill Road, and Poipu Road, east of the Ala Kinoiki Road intersection.
Stephen Gomes was eating lunch at a restaurant on Poipu Road when he saw the fire.
“I couldn’t believe the size of the flames. Bright orange, leaping really high. You could tell it was burning a lot of brush,” said Gomes. “You could also see the fire get as tall as the ironwood trees. That was really scary.”
As of 9:15 p.m. Poipu Road has been reopened.
Ala Kinoiki will remain closed Tuesday night as crews continue to monitor the area and extinguish the fire.
Due to the initial evacuation, the American Red Cross opened a shelter at 8:30 p.m. at the Koloa Neighborhood Center. However due to the reopening of Poipu Road, the shelter will be closing.
Police and fire officials are urging people to stay clear of the area while crews continue to work on extinguishing the fire.