Captured in this NOAA-19 satellite image taken at 2318 UTC on 6 January, are smoke plumes from a fire near Kona, gases and light ash (Vog) from the Kilauea Volcano, and steam and gases from the volcano all located on and near the Big Island of Hawaii.
IMAGE D6140: NOAA-19 <> Image Type=combine <> 1/6/2009 23:18 UTC.
Fire officials on the island of Hawaii say that a brush fire in a remote area mauka of Kealakekua has burned 1800 acres, but is surrounded by fire breaks. Smoke from the fire can be seen as far away as the Kau district,
The fire is burning in heavy brush under a forest canopy at about 4,000 feet above sea level. Firefighters have a had a difficult time bringing the fire under control due to the ruggedness of the terrain and the remoteness of the location.
So far there have been no injuries or property damage reported.