Fire closes trail, state park

A wildland fire burning adjacent to Haena State Park on Kauai’s North Shore closed the park and the popular Kalalau Trail in Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park Tuesday.

The fire, reported early Tuesday morning, was burning on the middle ridge between the Haena State Park boundary and Limahuli Valley.

Fire supervisors from the state Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife said the fire was burning mostly on a very steep ridge, was not advancing much, and was still a few ridges from the Kalalau Trail.

Firefighting efforts were focused on the Limahuli side of the fire. There were two helicopters making water drops on the flames, including the Kauai Fire Department’s Air 1 and a DOFAW contract helicopter. Additionally, two engines and firefighters from DOFAW were on the scene.

Two DOFAW staff were on the trail to warn hikers to stay put.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The Garden Island

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