Update 3:30 p.m.: Firefighters make headway on upper Kanaio blaze

Fire crews Wednesday were battling a 15-acre brush fire in upper Kanaio, where strong winds were reported, a fire official said.

The fire was reported at about noon Wednesday, said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro.

In an update at 3:30 p.m., he said that crews have made “significant progress” in containing the fire. While the fire has not been officially contained, firefighters have stopped the fire’s progress, secured the perimeter, and been cooling hot spots, he said.

Because access was an issue, two helicopters were making water drops over the fire, which was being fought by Kula and Paia engine companies and a Hazmat crew and tanker from Kahului.

State forestry workers were assembling a crew to assist in the firefighting effort, Yatsushiro said.

He said there are homes located downwind of the fire, but they were not considered threatened. No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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