Fire on the Garden Island

A 2,000-acre fire on the island of Kauai is about 50 percent contained today, but dry conditions and high winds are challenging containment efforts. Koke’e residents are under a voluntary evacuation because of a power outage, and the Waimea Canyon drive was closed.

KHON2 News reported that the fire started early Friday on the northwest portion of Kauai, which is the northernmost and almost westernmost of the Hawaiian islands. Firefighters from at least four agencies are working the fire, which is burning near the island’s Kekaha game management area.

“Most of it is a very steep terrain and we can’t put hand crews on it; we have to let it run up to a defensible space like a roadway,” said Robert Westerman with the Kauai Fire Department. Three helicopters, including one from the U.S. Navy, are dropping water on the fire.

The Garden Island reported today that firefighters made good progress along the Poki‘i, Paua, and Waiaka ridges.

Wildfire in Hawaii closes freeway

Hawaii fire
Hawaii fire. Photo by Gardner Kaipo Chung

Police closed a section of the H-3 freeway north of Honolulu on Tuesday when a 350-acre wildfire burned an area behind Kalaheo High School (map) on the north side of the island. The fire reached the ridge above the high school and worked its way down the other side.

Pushed by winds gusting up to 25 mph, it started about 1 p.m. and was mostly contained by 9:30 p.m., coming within 25 yards of some homes.

The fire was fought by eight engines, two water tenders, and two helicopters.
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