Maui firefighters continue monitoring brush fire that forced dozens to evacuate

  • Source: KFVE-TV 5 The Home Team
  • Published: 01/07/2019 06:56 AM

A fast-moving wildfire that swept through Wailea late Sunday is about 80 percent contained, the Maui Fire Department said. The fire has scorched more than 200 acres and forced about 100 people to evacuate, including those at a luxury hotel. As of Tuesday, there were no active flames, but firefighters were monitoring and keeping an eye out for hot spots, according to MFD. Officials said whipping winds that fanned the fire eventually died down, and firefighters were able to surround the brush fire, allowing brush within the perimeter to burn out. Bulldozers were also used to cut firebreaks in some areas. “We’re spending the day, crews and heavy equipment, working on fortifying the perimeter and hitting hot spots,” said Rylan Yatsushiro, a Maui Fire Department spokesperson. The brush fire started about 6:45 p.m. Sunday near Kalai Waa Street. Maui officials said seven fire trucks, two water tankers and a ladder company made up the initial response. Officials said conditions were “very challenging,” including winds that were blowing at 15 to 20 mph.


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