KAILUA-KONA — Firefighters are working to douse a brush fire ignited by lightning Sunday afternoon in a remote area of Hokukano Ranch.
Responding to a 2:04 p.m. report, firefighters from Captain Cook arrived at the scene 7 miles up Hokukano Ranch Road to find two moderate-sized brush fires burning about 50 acres in a very remote area with no radio or phone coverage, according to a media release from the Hawaii Fire Department. The department noted that someone witnessed lightning strikes in the area around the time the fire started.
The fire was listed as contained as of 8 p.m. Sunday. It had burned 350 acres as of early Monday morning.
Hawaii Fire Department crews also responded to a structure fire in Paradise Park around 9 a.m. Monday.
A two-story building’s bottom floor garage area caught fire, suffering $40,000 in damage. The fire extended up an interior stairwell, but incoming units were able to suppress the fire prior to establishment upstairs. It was extinguished by 9:26 a.m.
No one was at home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported. The home suffered fire and smoke damage downstairs, smoke damage to the upstairs living area, but saved from significant structural damage.