Firefighters suppress hot spots on Kauai’s west side after brush fires

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Personnel with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division Forestry and Wildlife continue to suppress hot spots after brush fires broke out along the west side of Waimea Canyon Drive Monday afternoon.

Firefighters with the Kauai Fire Department were first on scene shortly before 2 p.m., roughly three miles up Waimea Canyon Drive, and initially reported three separate fires in the same area.

DOFAW personnel soon joined the effort and ground crews received assistance from Air 1 and a helicopter contracted by DLNR. A lessee of the state-owned property also provided two bulldozers, a front end loader and a water tender to assist first responders.

Roughly 200 acres were scorched before the blazes could be contained at around 7 p.m.

Waimea Canyon Drive was closed from 2-9:30 p.m. Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park remained accessible via Kokee Road.

The causes of the fires have not yet been determined. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 241-1711.

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