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Heavy Smoke Arises from Smoldering Cane Grass Fire

August 12, 2016, 7:31 AM HST
* Updated August 12, 7:34 AM
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Photo by Wendy Osher.

Photo by Wendy Osher.

Firefighters are unsure what caused a smoldering cane grass fire in Haʻikū on Thursday afternoon.

Crews responded to multiple reports of heavy smoke below the Hāna Highway in the area of Peʻahi Farms at around 12:37 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, to find a small strip of cane grass on fire near Kai Poʻi Loop.

A passing helicopter also saw the smoke and reported it to air traffic controllers, who called it in.

Pāʻia firefighters arrived on scene at 12:52 p.m. to find a 75 x 300 foot strip of cane grass on fire.

A person mowing in a nearby field said they had just cut the area the day before, and didn’t know how the fire could have started, according to fire officials.

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The fire was brought under control at 1:50 p.m. and called extinguished at 2:10 p.m.

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