Authorities suspect arson in string of Hawaii Island wildfires

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Fire and police officials are asking people in the Puuanahulu area of Hawaii Island to report any suspicious activity after a series of wildfires over the past week.

The latest fire sparked a little after midnight Wednesday, south of the Kona hunter check station in the Puuanahulu Game Management Unit. Fire crews were able to extinguish the small brush fire quickly.

A county fire department investigator was called to the scene to look at the possibility that this fire and three others over the past week were set intentionally.

More than 775 acres of mostly brush and grass burned, starting last Thursday in the same area. The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) reports these fires are contained, though there may be occasional smoke from the interior.

Anyone with information on these fires, or anyone who spots unusual activity in the Puuanahulu area, are asked to call (808) 935-3311 or 643-DLNR (3567).

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