40-acre Anahola brush fire cause ‘undetermined’

  • County of Kaua‘i / Courtesy

    Kaua‘i firefighters put out a brush fire along the makai side of Kuhio Highway near mile marker 12 on Tuesday evening.

  • Laurel Smith/ The Garden Island

    Smoke from a brush fire billows over Anaholoa on Tuesday evening. The cause of the fire is unknown.

ANAHOLA – Kaua‘i Fire Department personnel responded to flareups on Wednesday, caused by an otherwise-extinguished 40-acre brush fire that broke out in Anahola Tuesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported and no structures were threatened as a result of the blaze, and no road closures were in effect as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Personnel with the Kaiakea fire Station 8, Tender 1, Rescue 3, KFD Fire Prevention Bureau, and the on-duty Battalion Chief responded to the initial incident.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Kaua‘i firefighters were dispatched to a brush fire along the makai side of Kuhio Highway near mile marker 12.

According to a preliminary report, crews arrived on scene and discovered fires burning in multiple sections in a 40-acre area in Anahola. Multiple fire breaks that were recently cleared in the area by the Kaua‘i Fire Department and the Department of Public Works assisted in controlling and managing the fire.

Truck 8 was situated on the north side of the area to put out fires. Prevention 1 personnel arrived shortly after to monitor the southern area. Truck 3 and Rescue 3 were stationed at the south end to put out hotspots. After that, Prevention 1 in Truck 2 backburned the south end of the site with Truck 3 and Rescue 3. Firefighters monitored for any embers jumping over fire breaks.

After a couple of hours, the fire was deemed under control. However, Truck 8 encountered a new fire. Truck 8 and Engine 8 used approximately 1,900 gallons of water to extinguish that fire.

Firefighters remained at the site to monitor for hotspots and cleared the scene at 2:40 a.m.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

  1. Joe Public October 28, 2021 11:11 am Reply

    Is there any other cause of fire for KFD? It is ALWAYS UNDTERMINED, cause they are to lazy to investigate and determine the cause.

    Get rid of the “Fire Investigators”, hire a KFD PIO and that person can determine the cause of fires right from the office…UNDTERMINED!

  2. Zchechuan October 28, 2021 12:29 pm Reply

    And who’s going to pay for this? There’s been lots of this going around lately. Firemen’s job as seen though not an important aspect of a community function, requires money to operate.

    Did they catch the arson, or was it a mishap? Leave the pot on the stove.

  3. Joe Maka October 28, 2021 4:02 pm Reply

    Science: best way to deal with brush fires = burn the brush.

    We soooo need a volunteer FD to deal with this kine stuff.

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