HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said the brush fire that started on Wednesday, Aug. 10, in the Pohakuloa Training area has spread to an area of one mile from Highway 190 and three miles from Pu’uanahulu Road.
According to the Hawaii Fire Department, the brush fire is not a threat to Waikoloa Village and the brush fire continues to burn. However, all roads are open and no structures are threatened at this time.
Motorists are asked to drive with caution near Highway 190 and Daniel K Inouye Highway as firefighters work in the area to establish fire breaks and conduct fire suppression
On Wednesday night, the brush fire caused about 700 acres to burn.
By Thursday morning, firefighters estimated that about 20,000 acres have burned but it was later confirmed by the Department of Land and Natural Resources that the damage was 9,800 acres.
The National Weather Service on Aug. 11 has extended a Red Flag Warning through Thursday for all leeward areas in Hawaii.
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On the Big Island, the Kohala, Kona and Kau Districts would be the areas that could see possible strong trade winds, dry fuel and low relative humidity that could produce extreme fire behavior.