Paia Brushfire Information

The following includes information and links to important information related to Fire Event 12/14/19
Maui Emergency Management Agency: (808) 270-7285

UPDATE: 6:35 p.m.

With the Paia brush fire 30 percent contained and no structures threatened, Maui firefighters will monitor and continue to work through the night on containing the Paia brush fire, last estimated to have burned 578 acres.
Baldwin Avenue remains closed from Skill Village to Paia Elementary School.
There are no reported injuries or damaged structures.
There are three Paia brush fire photos posted on the County of Maui Facebook page.
Photo credit: Maui Fire Department
No further updates until Sunday morning.


UPDATE: 6:15 p.m.

Maui Fire Department reports that Paia brush fire is 30 percent contained as of after 6 p.m.
Baldwin Avenue remains closed from Skill Village to Paia Elementary School.



UPDATE: 5:35 p.m.

Baldwin Avenue has been reopened in both directions up to Skill Village. The portion of Baldwin from Skill Village to Paia Elementary School remains closed.

Skill Village residents in Paia are no longer being asked to stay in their residences. It’s safe to leave their homes, police reported.

A few structures near Baldwin Avenue were evacuated. Now, there are no current evacuations.
Earlier, Baldwin Avenue had been closed from Mill Street near the old mill to Paia Elementary School while Maui firefighters battled a brush fire reported at 1:07 p.m. today near Holomua Road.

The fire burned behind Doris Todd Christian Academy and moved makai, the Maui Fire Department reported. Two helicopters – Air 1 and 2 – were making water drops while firefighters on the ground were with Engine 2 from Paia, Engine 10 from Kahului and Engine 5 from Makawao. Engine 14 from Wailea and Engine 6 from Kihei also responded to the fire, along with a battalion chief. Private water tanker crews were assisting.

The acreage of the Paia brush fire has been increased to 578 acres.


UPDATE: 5:10 p.m.

Baldwin Avenue and roads in Skill Village are open to motorists traveling makai only. This is because there are hot spots in the mauka direction.

There are no reported injuries or property damage.


UPDATE: 4:20 p.m.

Skill Village residents in Paia are being asked to stay in their homes to keep roadways clear for emergency vehicles and because of thick smoke on Baldwin Avenue. Police officers are responding to medical calls in the area from people with breathing problems from the heavy smoke.  

The estimated size of the Paia brush fire is 340 acres as of 4:20 p.m.


UPDATE: 3:45 p.m.

December 14, 2019
Brush fire closes Baldwin Avenue
from Mill Street to Paia Elementary School
Baldwin Avenue has been closed from Mill Street near the old mill to Paia Elementary School while Maui firefighters battle a brush fire reported at 1:07 p.m. today near Holomua Road.
A few structures near Baldwin Avenue were evacuated.
The fire burned behind Doris Todd Christian Academy and moved makai, the Maui Fire Department reported. Two helicopters – Air 1 and 2 – were making water drops while firefighters on the ground were with Engine 2 from Paia, Engine 10 from Kahului and Engine 5 from Makawao. Engine 14 from Wailea and Engine 6 from Kihei also responded to the fire, along with a battalion chief. Private water tanker crews were assisting.
Mayor Michael Victorino asked residents and visitors to be vigilant and stay away from the area of the fire. “I thank firefighters, police, private water tanker crews and other first responders for acting quickly in responding to this blaze,” Mayor Victorino said.
The size of the brush fire was not immediately available.
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Road Closures:

- Baldwin Ave (Mill Street to Paia Elementary School)

- Holomua Road closed at its intersection with Hana Highway, but the highway itself remains open.



 
 
 

Safety Tips for Wildfire Smoke:

  • Stay indoors, close windows. If you have an air conditioner, turn it on but keep the setting on recycle rather than fresh air to minimize outside air from entering the building.
  • Avoid increasing the amount of air pollution in your house. Vacuuming will cause more particulates to pollute the indoor air.
  • Stay hydrated, drink water regularly.
  • Dusk masks found at hardware stores are meant for larger particulates and won’t help with the smaller smoke particulates.
  • Consider using a HEPA filter in the house to keep the air clean.
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