FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2019
UPDATE: Wailea brush fire 100 percent contained
WAILEA, Hawaii -- A brush fire that blackened 200 acres and triggered an evacuation of Wailea hotel guests and residents has been contained 100 percent, Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino announced.
Maui Fire Department crews continued to monitor the wildfire area on Tuesday, putting out hot spots. There have been no reports of injuries or property damage. The fire's cause remains under investigation.
"I'm grateful for all the hard work and dedication of Maui firefighters, police and first responders," Mayor Victorino said. "And, I thank all of the Red Cross volunteers who responded and staffed a shelter for more than 30 people Sunday night. And, mahalo to Wailea hotel and security personnel; Department of Public Works, Department of Parks and Recreation and Maui Emergency Management Agency employees; and Goodfellow Bros. for the use of water tankers and bulldozers."
A fast-moving brush fire was reported to emergency dispatchers at 6:42 p.m. Sunday. It was first located 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. Swirling winds reported to have been blowing from 15 to 20 mph died around 2 a.m. Monday.
The Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter at the Kihei Community Center at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. It drew more than 30 people, mostly visitors. Other hotels provided temporary accommodations to evacuees from the Hotel Wailea.
After dawn Monday, the county's Air One helicopter was deployed to make water drops. On Monday afternoon, the fire was 60 percent contained. Firefighters continued with mop-up operations.