The Hawaii Fire Department reports a runaway brush fire in the area south or Kailua side of the Kona Palisades subdivision and the Lokahi Apartment/Housing complex in Kailua Kona. Fire units and two bulldozers are on scene working to contain and extinguish the fire. No homes or property is threatened at this time and no evacuation is needed. Residents are advised that smoke conditions may increase and become heavy at times due to shifting winds. Fire units will remain on scene throughout the night.
CIVIL DEFENSE MESSAGES and ALERTS
The Hawaii County Police Department reports that Highway 270 or the Akoni Pule Highway between the 25 and 26 mile marks in North Kohala is open to all traffic as of 8:30 tonight. The highway had been closed due to a downed tree and power lines.
The State of Hawaii Department of Health is currently operating three (3) air monitoring stations in the Pahoa and Leilani estates area in response to the current and ongoing eruption and lava flow activities. These monitiors detect the presence of air borne particles that may result from the burning materials (vegetation, grass, brush, and other materials) and volcanic emissions. The data and information being collected by these monitors can be viewed at the following web site: http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=topics.smoke_wildfires. Click on “view lava related air quality conditions on Hawaii’s big island.” The table below provides air quality guidelines.
For gas and particle concentration data see: http://emdweb.doh.hawaii.gov/air-quality/, click on “Quick Look” then go to “Puna Special Sites.”
The Mayor has signed his Third Emergency Supplementary Proclamation, due to the threat of disaster due to the June 27th lava flow in the District of Puna, effective January 30, 2015. And that the Proclamation of September 4, 2014, Supplementary Proclamation of October 16, 2014 and Second Supplementary Proclamation of December 3, 2014 shall remain in full force and effect.