This is a Brush Fire and Road Closure information update for Sunday August 9th at 7:00AM.

The Hawaii Fire Department reports that the brush fires in the Kawaihae area continue to burn out of control.  Due to gusty wind conditions and heavy smoke the following area  evacuations remain as a precaution:

  • Spencer Beach Park
  • Kawaihae Village area

The Evacuation Center at the Thelma Parker Gym in Waimea will remain open at this time.

In addition, the following road closures are in effect:

  • Queen Kaahumanu Highway is closed to all traffic from Puako Beach Drive
  • Kawaihae Road is closed between the 62 mile mark on the Waimea or East side and the Akoni Pule Junction at Kawaihae Harbor.  Kohala traffic on Akoni Pule is being detoured through the Kohala Ranch Subdivision.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to use alternate routes if possible.