Wailua fire burns 42 acres

WAILUA — An overnight brush fire near Leho Drive was extinguished by firefighters before smoke or flames had the chance to approach two resort areas.

A Kauai County news release reported that 16 firefighter personnel from the Kapaa, Lihue, and Kaiakea fire stations were dispatched to an open field near Aloha Beach Resort shortly before midnight Sunday.

The blaze was under control by 3 a.m. and fully extinguished by 4 a.m., according to the report. No injuries were reported in the incident and no structures were damaged.

Approximately 42 acres burned in the blaze, according to county spokesperson Sarah Blane.

Crews returned to the site to extinguish a flare up that occurred late Monday afternoon. The rekindled fire was put out in about two hours, closing the highway again during that time span.

The cause of the fires are under investigation.

According to Aston Aloha Beach Resort, there were no smoke or safety concerns early Monday morning. The fire was closer to the park area and soccer fields, according to a spokesperson.

A spokesperson for the Kaha Lani Resort condominiums that are adjacent to the soccer fields, said there was a little smoke but nothing major. There were no guest calls for concern and no one had to be evacuated for smoke or threat of fire.

“Most of the guests slept right through it,” the Kaha Lani spokesperson said. “Some noticed it around 4 a.m. when they were putting it out.”

Police shut down all lanes of Kuhio Highway and Leho Drive for roughly three hours to allow fire crews to respond. The roadways were open to alternating traffic flow by 3 a.m., and fully reopened by 4 a.m.

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