A fire that started in the green waste section of the Pu`uanahulu landfill facility on the Kona side on Saturday is “still smoking” today, according to Department of Environmental Management head Bobby Jean Leithead Todd, who noted that crews were “still spraying water on perimeter then using [bull]dozers to move away the wet greenwaste. Then we douse with more water. Then move to separate area. Then all over again until we get it all.”
“The fire activity is limited to the green waste and there is no threat of a runaway fire. Department personnel are on scene and the fire is contained and will be allowed to burn itself out. Smoke conditions are varying and motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution,” stated County Civil Defense, in a notice yesterday. Those with respiratory conditions that could be aggravated by smoke may wish to avoid the area.
The Puuanahulu landfill is located on the mauka side of the Queen Kaahumanu Highwaysouth of the Waikoloa Beach Drive intersection.