Last of brush fires mopped up in Kipu

LIHU’E – Firefighters yesterday put out “hot spots” remaining from a stubborn fire Tuesday that charred seven acres of grass in a valley south of the Kaumuali’i Highway and the Puhi Bypass Road.

Firefighters had the blaze under control at 7:21 p.m. Tuesday after nearly a nine-hour battle, but shut down firefighting efforts that day due to darkness, according to acting battalion chief Myles Horiguchi.

On Wednesday, seven firefighters from the Lihu’e fire station returned to the area to put out “hot spots.” For a hour Thursday, another seven firefighters extinguished other “hot spots” in the area, Horiguchi said.

It was the third brush fire within a week. Last Sunday, a fire charred 100 acres near Kaumuali’i Highway about one mile west of Halfway Bridge before it was put under control that evening.

On Monday, firefighters returned to the area to extinguish smoldering logs.

On Aug. 3, a four-acre fire nearly reached Kaua’i High School before it was stopped following a five-hour battle.

Fire department representatives said persistent dry weather has increased the risk of brush fires this summer, and have asked residents for their help in easing that risks.

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