Lahaina, Pulehu and Upcountry Maui Fires Combined Update No. 7, 3:50 p.m.: Due to limited resources in this time of crisis, visitors with vehicles or any means of transportation are being asked to leave Lahaina and Maui as soon as possible.
A mass bus evacuation for visitors will be staged at Sheraton Maui Resort in Kaʻanapali this afternoon and take visitors directly to Kahului Airport. Five County of Maui buses, each with a capacity of 49 people, and five Polynesian Adventure Tours buses, each with a capacity of 50, will provide the transportation, with the first wave of buses expected to arrive at the Sheraton at about 4 p.m.
Personal vehicles can go to the airport through Kahahuloa. Rental vehicles may be left on site.
On Wedneday afternoon, the Transportation Security Administration was reporting that seats are available on outgoing flights at Kahului Airport. Travelers need to call airlines to make reservations.
Motorists may not enter Lahaina during the active fire, but people already in Lahaina may exit via Kahakuloa. Maui police are stationed at Ma’alaea and at Waihee to prevent entry into Lahaina until the area is secure. Only Kahakuloa residents may access Kahakuloa via Waihee.
West Maui remains without power and has no landline or cellphone service.
Firefighting crews are continuing to battle a fire that burned multiple structures and brush in Lahaina, as well as fires in the Pulehu/Kīhei and Upcountry areas.
There have been no changes in containment for the Lahaina, Pulehu and Upcountry fires.
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