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Posted on: August 8, 2023

Mayor Bissen issues emergency proclamation in response to fires

Lahaina and Upcountry Maui Fires Combined Update No. 2, 9:45 p.m.: Firefighter crews continue to battle brush and structure fires in Upcountry and Lahaina areas.

 

Mayor Bissen issued an emergency proclamation in response to fires.

 

The American Red Cross has opened Maui High School as an evacuation center.

 

Wahikuli residents in West Maui were evacuated this evening.

 

The Coast Guard has been responding to impacted areas where residents are entering the ocean due to smoke and fire conditions. Individuals were transported by the Coast Guard to safe areas.

 

A firefighter who was responding to the West Maui fire has experienced smoke inhalation and was taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center. He is in stable condition.

 

Hononoapiʻilani Highway remains open outbound only. Motorist should expect heavy traffic.

 

Water buffalos containing drinking water are located at Kula Fire Station, Kula Community Center, Rice Park and Crater Road – Hydrant 373.

 

The County requested for National Guard support.

 

Multiple evacuation orders are in place. Structure damages have occurred, no details on the extent on damages are available.

 

The American Red Cross is staffing emergency shelters at Kihei Community Center, Lahaina Civic Center and in Pukalani at Hannibal Tavares Community Center. Pet owners utilizing the shelters need to have pets properly restrained.

 

Hawaiian Electric Co. advises residents to stay at least 30 feet or more away from downed power lines, which may be energized. Downed power lines can be reported to 911 or Hawaiian Electricʻs trouble line at (808) 871-7777. More information is available at Downed Power Line Safety | Hawaiian Electric

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