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Posted on: August 11, 2023

Lahaina, Pulehu and Upcountry Maui Fires Combined Update, 3 p.m.


  • The Lahaina fire is 85 percent contained. The Pulehu/Kihei fire is 80 percent contained. The Upcountry Maui fire is 50 percent contained. Firefighters continue battling flare-ups in all three fires.
  • The number of fatalities is confirmed at 67.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency Urban Search and Rescue Team, with expertise in human remains, are being deployed to Maui from Arizona and Nevada. Five dogs are being utilized.
  • Barricades remain in place around Lahaina town, with police officers posted to keep people out of the areas. Health officials advise that burning areas are highly toxic. Inhalation of dust and other airborne particles can be a health hazard. Hot spots still exist and wearing a mask and gloves is advised.
  • Donations of non-perishable food, bottled water and hygiene items will be accepted through 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the War Memorial Complex field. No clothing is being accepted.
  • With additional cellular phone service becoming available in West Maui, people are reminded to text instead of making phone calls so everyone can share the limited resources.
  • Shuttles are operating from Kahului Airport and the three American Red Cross emergency shelters at Maui High School, War Memorial Gymnasium and Hannibal Tavares Community Center to take visitors to West Maui to retrieve belongings so they can depart Maui. One member of a family is allowed on the shuttles, which are going to hotels in the Ka’anapali and Kapalua/Napili areas. Visitor access is being allowed only to retrieve luggage and identification, not for staying at hotels. Those dropped off by the shuttle are being picked up an hour later and returned to the locations where they were picked up.

 

 

 

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