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Fire risk causes Hawaii Volcanoes National Park road closure

(BIVN) – Dry conditions prompted Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to temporarily close part of the Hilina Pali Highway to motorized vehicles, according to the National Park Service, and officials are reminding the public of existing campfire restrictions .

From the NPS:

Hilina Pali Road from the gate past the Mauna Iki trailhead to the Hilina Pali Overlook is closed to motorized vehicles. Bicycles and pedestrians are allowed, and those with a backcountry permit for the coastal hinterland or Pepeiao will have access.

The Hilina Pali Road between Chain of Craters Road and Kulanaokuaiki Campground is open, but campfires are still prohibited in the campground, as well as the backcountry coastal campsites and Pepeiao Hut. Propane or gas stoves are allowed.

The dry, grassy scrub below the Hilina Pali has seen below average rainfall and is an area of ​​concern for high fire danger. National Park Service firefighters responded to a bushfire near Kaʻaha Trail below the Hilina Pali Overlook last Thursday afternoon, June 16. Two firefighters and a helicopter brought the 1.2-acre blaze under control, and a 10-person crew cleared hot spots and surveyed the area on Friday. The fire is likely human-caused and is being investigated.

Park visitors are reminded to recreate responsibly. Nearly nine out of 10 wildfires nationwide are human-caused and can be prevented. Prevent wildfires by being aware of all fire restrictions in place.