On Hawaii Island, a wildfire in the Waikoloa area is being fueled by strong winds.
Big island fire: Brush fire in Pohakuloa Training Area
On Wednesday, August 10, the Hawaii Fire Department received a report of a fire in Pohakuloa.
According to fire officials, Waikoloa Village is not currently in danger from the fire.
The flames from the Pohakuloa Training Area were pushed onto state property on the Kona side of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway close to Puuanuhulu, according to officials, by winds exceeding 30 mph.
Bulldozers are being used on the scene in conjunction with county, state, and federal fire crews to make fire breaks.
Approximately 700 acres are said to have burnt so far.
As dry winds persist, a fire weather warning is in effect for parts of the state.
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Officials claim that although the fire had been simmering for weeks, it finally erupted today after being blown up by high winds.
The front line, according to councilman Tim Richard, is a couple miles long. The flames are estimated to cover 10,000 acres, according to the head of the Federal Firefighters of Hawaii.
Communities may smell the smoke but no homes are in danger, according to the officials.
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No roads are closed, but the county urges people to travel carefully because heavy machinery and workers are close to Daniel K. Inouye Highway and Highway 190.
For the rest of the week, a red flag alert is still in effect. The fire’s origin is still being looked into.
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