Brush fire triggers possible evacuation in Wailea
WAILEA-- Wailea residents and visitors were advised to prepare for possible evacuation as a fast-moving brush fire continued to burn out of control late Sunday night, Maui Emergency Management Agency officials said.
Other residents and visitors should avoid the area, said agency Administrator Herman Andaya. The advisory was being sent out to people in the area via cell phone towers in the vicinity, he added.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, an evacuation shelter was opened at the Kihei Community Center. Guests and employees of The Hotel Wailea were evacuated earlier when the brush fire jumped Piilani Highway and threatened the hotel, Maui Fire Department and emergency management officials said.
Mayor Michael Victorino and First Lady Joycelyn Victorino responded to the community center as of 9:45 p.m. And, four Red Cross volunteers were there as well, Maui County officials said.
“We rushed to the community center to see how we could help,” Mayor Victorino said. “Our prayers are with all those affected by this fire.”
Mayor Victorino said he was monitoring firefighting efforts. He asked residents and visitors to stay tuned to official announcements through radio reports, social and print media.
At 6:42 p.m., a brush fire was reported near 4050 Kalai Waa St. in Wailea, said Assistant Fire Chief Val Martin.
Maui Firefighters responded to the scene with seven firetrucks, two water tankers and one ladder company, he said.
Maui fire officials had not immediately determined the extent of the blaze that was actively burning and not under control at 11:40 p.m.