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Posted on: January 7, 2019

Wind dies overnight at Wailea brush fire; Maui firefighters to inspect burn area this morning

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January 7, 2019


Wind dies overnight at Wailea brush fire; Maui firefighters to inspect burn area this morning

 

WAILEA, Hawaii -- Maui firefighters monitored a Wailea brush fire overnight and were set to inspect the area this morning, according to officials with the Maui Fire Department.

 

Wind that had fanned the fast-moving flames died around 2 a.m., officials said. Residents of the Wailea Villas were allowed to return to their homes, but guests and employees of The Hotel Wailea remained evacuated.

 

No injuries or property damage have been reported as of 7:25 a.m. today.

 

Overnight, Maui firefighters surrounded the brush fire, allowing brush within the perimeter to burn out. Bulldozers were used to cut firebreaks in critical areas.

 

The Kihei Community Center remained open as a shelter this morning, officials said. More than 30 people, most of them visitors sought shelter there. Other Hotel Wailea visitors were able to find temporary hotel accommodations elsewhere. The evacuation shelter had been opened as of 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Most people left around 3 a.m. One family of five remained at the shelter as of 7:30 a.m.

 

Mayor Michael Victorino asked residents and visitors to stay tuned to official announcements through radio reports, social and print media.

   

At 6:42 p.m. Sunday, a brush fire was reported near 4050 Kalai Waa St. in Wailea, Maui fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene with seven firetrucks, two water tankers and one ladder company.

 

More information will be released when it becomes available.


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