Big Island firefighters responded to a brush fire that burned 3,500 acres Wednesday evening, and still has yet to be fully contained.

The fire has extended along Highway 190 requiring the roadway to be closed from the Old Saddle Road junction to Kaiminani Drive.

The fire jumped from Waikoloa Road and is heading towards Kona. 

Choppers tried to hit the head because the area is inaccessible by fire department. Four Hawaii County fire companies, Federal fire, DOFA (State) and three choppers are on scene. Private construction companies also provided tankers for water. 

Highway 190 is closed between Old Saddle Road and Kaiminani Drive. Local traffic will be allowed to Puu Lani.

Waikoloa Road is closed from Highway 190 to Paniolo Drive. Use alternate routes.  

Traffic on Daniel K Inouye and Old Saddle Road must go through Waimea.

Stay with Island News on the latest as new details develop.