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Keauhou Fire

Unit Information

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
National Park Service
P.O. Box 52
Hawai`i National Park, HI 96718

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Incident Contacts

Mike Theune
Email: mike_theune@nps.gov
Phone: 559-586-0882
Hours: 8a-6p

Jessica Ferracane
Email: jessica_ferracane@nps.gov
Phone: 808-345-4216
Hours: 9a-4p M-F

Daniel Patterson
Email: dpatterson@blm.gov
Phone: 520-906-2159
Hours: 8a-6p

Firefighters from the Folsom Lake Veterans' Fire Crew continue to work on the Keauhou Fire in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Here they are cold trailing by methodically looking for hot spots to ensure firelines hold.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Hawaii National Park, HI – The Keauhou Fire received additional rainfall on Thursday. On Wednesday, 1/2 inch of rain fell aiding firefighters in their work. Containment remains at 90 percent and holding at 3,739 acres on the slopes of Mauna Loa, mostly within Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

With the cooler and wetter weather, firefighters are focusing on mop-up and patrol of firelines. They are also starting the process of back-haul, returning equipment and supplies used on the fire, by strategically bringing those resources back to be cleaned and refurbished.

Firefighters continue to protect the Kīpukakī and Kīpukapuaulu Special Ecological Areas, cultural heritage areas and rare forest habitat for endangered species.

Additionally, fire crews are working with park biologists along the park boundary to assess fences and to carefully fall a limited number of trees that became hazards from the fire. Together they are also analyzing any potential impacts from the fire suppression efforts such as bulldozer lines that were created to stop the spread of the fire.

The Keauhou Fire may be visible from Highway 11, especially for Hilo (east) bound traffic, but is not impacting the road or travel. Smoke may be visible for some time as interior pockets of fuel continue to burn themselves out.

Mauna Loa Road and most of the park have been closed since May 11 due to hazardous seismic activity. This road will remain closed for and during restoration efforts once the Keauhou Fire is declared out.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused
Date of OriginSunday August 05th, 2018 approx. 11:00 AM
LocationMauna Loa Road, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Incident CommanderHawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Coordinates19.448 latitude, -155.332 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel49
Size3,739 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Grass, brush, and timber

Significant Events

The fire has been delegated back to the park.

Outlook

Remarks

The last news release for this fire was added on Thursday, 8-16-18. There will be no further updates unless conditions significantly change.