The Hawaii Fire Department reports that the runaway brush fire in the area south of the Kona Palisades and Kona Acres subdivision off of Kaiminani Drive is 95% contained at this time. Fire department units and personnel continue to work on extinguishing the fire and are also mopping up hot spots and flare ups in the area. No homes or properties are threatened at this time and no evacuations are needed. Residents are advised that smoke conditions may change with changes in fire conditions and wind direction and to take necessary precautions and remain indoors. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to use alternate routes if possible and to be aware of fire vehicles and personnel in the area.
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.