Two brush fires flare Tuesday

Kauai firefighters responded to two brush fires in Hanamaulu and Anahola on Tuesday.

Firefighters from the Kaiakea, Kapaa and Lihue stations responded to a brush fire in Anahola about 9 p.m. that broke out on the mauka-side of Kuhio Highway, just south of the Anahola solar farm.

The roughly one-acre fire appeared to have originated in an area of dense brush used as a dumping ground, which consisted of garbage bags, old tires, and other materials.

The fire was extinguished within an hour, but Kapaa and Kaiakea crews were back on scene at noon Wednesday to extinguish a flare-up, which was contained at 2 p.m.

The cause of the Anahola fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact police, 241-1711.

Earlier Tuesday, a fire broke out about 4 p.m. on the makai-side of Kuhio Highway in Hanamaulu.

According to fire officials, a man was mowing a pasture when the tractor mower became entangled in barbed wire, causing a spark that ignited the blaze. The man was not injured and remained at the scene to clear a fire break in the brush, which helped firefighters contain the blaze.

Personnel from the Kapaa, Lihue and Kalaheo stations were also assisted by Air 1 and two private choppers that made water drops over the area until nightfall. The fire was contained at 7 p.m. and fully extinguished by 8:30 p.m. An estimated 70 acres of brush was scorched with no damage to structures.

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