For Immediate Release
August 14, 2023
8/14 COUNTY OF MAUI WILDFIRE DISASTER UPDATE AS OF 9:20 A.M.
When a fire is 100-percent contained, it does not mean it has been extinguished. It means that firefighters have the blaze fully surrounded by a perimeter, inside which it can still burn. A fire is declared “extinguished,” when fire personnel believe there is nothing left burning.
Maui Police Department around 9 p.m. on 8/13 said there are 96 confirmed fatalities.
To expedite travel into West Maui, a system using access placards will begin Tuesday, 8/15, to ensure efficient traffic management and prioritize the safety of all road users. Placards will be issued based on the following categories: West Maui residents; West Maui resort personnel; first responder personnel; medical personnel; utility personnel; county personnel; supply transport personnel; volunteer personnel. For details, visit the Maui Police Department website. Placards can be obtained at Keōpūolani Park (enter through Wahinepio Avenue and exit via Kanaloa Avenue) in Kahului and Napili Park between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning Monday, 8/14. Olowalu and Launipuoko residents with placards will be allowed to enter and exit West Maui through Maʻalaea.
Access into West Maui via Kahakuloa for West Maui residents: Open.
Access into West Maui via Maalaea: Restricted for pre-approved.
Exit West Maui via Maalaea: Open.
Exit West Maui via Kahakuloa: Closed.
RECENTLY RESTORED IN WEST MAUI
Napili Plaza is now open 24/7 and has power restored.
With power being restored in some areas of West Maui, Ohana Fuels/ Minit Stop on Keawe Street in Lahaina and Kahana Gateway Shell are open for gasoline.
UNSAFE WATER ADVISORY
For residents in Lahaina and Upper Kula areas, maps of affected areas in Upcountry and in Lahaina were recently released on the county Department of Water Supply website. The advisory remains in effect for certain areas until further notice and states that residents should not drink and/or boil water. Bottled water should be used for all drinking, brushing teeth, ice making and food preparation until further notice. Residents are unable to treat the water in any way to make it safe. Drinking water sites are set up in many areas of Lahaina and Kula.
EMERGENCY SHELTERS (Due to privacy, no media allowed inside)
Maui High School, Kahului - Closed 8/13. People staying at Maui High School shelter were transported to South Maui Community Park Gymnasium, Kihei. The American Red Cross reported 571 people were in shelters overnight on 8/14.
WEST MAUI DISTRIBUTION SITES
Lahaina Gateway Center and Napili Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, 8/14, for County of Maui-facilitated food, water and other needs and supplies.
WEST MAUI MEDICAL
Maui Health clinicians and physicians from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, 8/14, will provide first-aid, wound care, health and wellness checks pharmacy services, including baby formula for all community members in need, regardless of health insurance, at Lahaina Gateway and Napili Park.
Starting today, 8/14, Kaiser Permanente will be providing medical services to KP members and non-members at three locations in Lahaina. Pharmacy courier services will be available at all three sites. These locations are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. For details, visit at kp.org/hawaii.
Text, not talk, is best for locations that have connectivity. Maui County updates are repeated on radio stations at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Civil Air Patrol via air is also announcing important public messages.
New, daily, county shuttle service from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Central Maui shelters to go to Central Maui shopping and medical locations launched 8/13. Riders are required to call Roberts Hawaii for same-day reservations at (808) 871-4838. Mobility devices accommodated. Luggage and bags will be limited to what can be carried.
FAMILY ASSISTANCE CENTER (Due to privacy, no media allowed on premises)
The Family Assistance Center for those seeking information on loved ones and for those who are unaccounted for is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m. at the Kahului Community Center, 275 Uhu Street. Maui Emergency Management Agency and FAC staff will work with families and individuals to gather detailed information and administer DNA swabs. The center launched 8/10.
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