Crews continue to work North Shore blaze

NA PALI COAST — County and state emergency personnel yesterday continued to fight a fire on Napali Coast, officials said.

The blaze, which reportedly started late Saturday night, has scorched more than 50 acres east of Hanakapi‘ai Stream on the North Shore and required the rescue via boat of more than two dozen stranded hikers.

Air-1 joined the battle yesterday to provide aerial support, according to an Inter-Island Helicopters spokesman, but further details were unavailable as to the extent of the fire or possible cause.

The county public information office referred queries to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

A Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement worker on Kaua‘i said state personnel were still out fighting the fire and the Kalalau Trail, which provides the only land access to Hanakapi‘ai, remained closed.

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