We hope all are okay after an incredibly close-call in the Komohana Kai subdivision. Just the intensity of the smoke near homes was enough to cause some residents to evacuate. Mahalo to firefighters for their quick response and to community members who cooperated with evacuation procedures and helped make suppression efforts easier for firefighters.
"The southern edge of Kailua-Kona was draped in large black clouds of smoke Wednesday afternoon as a brush fire consumed an open area near the Komohana Kai subdivision, causing people to evacuate their homes voluntarily and at least one government office to close for the day.
The fire started about noon in the vicinity of Banyan Apartments on Alii Drive and quickly raced mauka through dry brush toward the subdivision, which is located on the bottom portion of Lako Street."
"Firefighters were assisted by residents, who helped realign hoses, mark out areas and provide lifts on mopeds.
Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief Gantry Andrade said the brush fire makai of Lako and Kololia streets was close to being under control by Wednesday afternoon. The fire was slowly spreading, however, most of the active burning was within the burn area. Bulldozers were close to cutting the final parts of the firebreak to control the blaze, he said."