The Maui Emergency Management Agency is reminding the public to remain vigilant, with a Red Flag Warning and wind advisory in effect for leeward or west sides of Maui County and other Hawaiian islands through Monday evening.
The National Weather Service forecast of critical fire weather conditions, including strong and dry trade winds producing high fire danger, took effect at 10 a.m. today and continues through 6 p.m. Monday.
A wind advisory issued at 3 a.m. today forecast strengthening trade winds today with gusts of up to 50 mph possible over the windiest portions of Maui County and Hawaiʻi island. The trade winds are expected to peak tonight and Monday, according to the Weather Service.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and dry fuels can contribute to extreme fire behavior, according to the Weather Service. If fires develop, they will likely spread rapidly. It is important to remember that a Red Flag Warning does not predict new fire starts.
Spotters are positioned today at observation points in high-risk areas of West Maui, Maalaea and South Maui to monitor wind and ground conditions and fire risk.
Maui Fire Department crews were continuing to monitor an 11-acre brush fire in Kaʻanapali that was called 100 percent contained at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The fire was reported at 1:45 p.m. Saturday south of Kapalua Airport. The cause is under investigation.
The Maui Emergency Management Agency advises the public to remain vigilant and to report any observed or suspected fire activity. While no evacuations are needed at this time, residents in fire-prone areas are encouraged to be prepared for evacuation if that becomes necessary.
Lahaina residents who may be participating in re-entry into fire zones on Monday are advised of the possible suspension of re-entry if conditions are unsafe.
MEMA also advises:
People are advised to monitor local radio broadcasts for additional updates. For more information, visit mauicounty.gov/MEMA or weather.gov/hfo.
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