Fire burns 750 acres

WAIMEA — A fire that has burnt about 750 acres of grass and shrub above Waimea town is 80 percent contained, according to officials with the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Crews are using several fire pumper trucks, bulldozers, two water tender trucks, and a contract helicopter doing water drops.

Gusty and erratic winds have been a challenge for firefighters, according to a DLNR press release. Winds have been blowing flames away from Kekaha and Waimea.

No threatened or endangered species are in this former cane growing area on state land owned by the Agribusiness Development Corporation.

DLNR officials expected the fire to be contained by Wednesday evening.

The fire started around 3 p.m. Monday near the first water tank along Waimea Canyon Drive. It is located between two others in the Waimea area that drew out KFD and DLNR crews Monday. Those fires were under control by Monday afternoon.

The cause of these fires remains unknown.

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