Brushfire burns into second day

KAHILI—Just days after firefighters asked for the public’s help dealing with

local brush fires, a large brush fire erupted Sunday.

This fire, six miles

west of Lihu’e just past Halfway Bridge and just before the cut in the Kahili

Mountains, started at 2 p.m. According to Kaua’i Fire Department officials,

firefighters battled the blaze until 8 p.m.

Monday morning, firefighters

were back out again to deal with hot spots.

Campers at Kahili Mountain

Park, a recreational campground, reported they could still see smoke from the

fire Monday morning.

The amount of land involved in the fire wasn’t

reported Monday morning.

The fire followed a four-acre blaze that nearly

reached Kaua’i High School last Thursday afternoon.

After Thursday’s fire,

battalion chief Ernest Moniz Jr. asked people to contact local fire stations to

discuss how to protect their areas.

“Every summer, we have less rain and

every summer brush fires go up,” Moniz said.

Deputy editor Brandon

Sprague contributed to this report.

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