Arson Charges Following Brush Fire

Kaua’i Police 40-year old Jeremy Riopta on arson charges after a brush fire near Salt Pond Beach Park and Burns Field in Hanapepe Friday afternoon. Multiple units responded to the blaze just before 12:30 p.m. Firefighters from the Hanapepe fire station were first on scene and soon had assists from personnel from the Kalaheo and Waimea fire stations and other crew. Homeless individuals in the area were evacuated. Firefighters had the 5-acre fire under control in about two hours.