Brush fire in Ma'alaea on Maui now 70% contained

  • Source: KITV-TV ABC 4 Honolulu
  • Published: 10/04/2019 02:37 AM

A brush fire on Maui has burned through 4,100 acres shutting down roads and even prompting evacuations. At this time the brush fire is about 70% contained and Maui firefighters are still working to contain hot spots. Nearby is the Ma'alaea Harbor and adjacent shopping and dining area. KITV4 spoke with some business owners and employees in the area about last night. In order to clear debris and downed trees from Honoapi'ilani Highway Maui County and State officials shut off traffic, locking residents and visitors in their cars. Visitors like Penny and David Morley from Virginia who flew into Maui Wednesday night only to be told they couldn't get to their hotel in Lahaina because of the brush fire. "And last night we thought we were going to have to stay in a school or something," Penny and David Morley said. On Thursday afternoon they waited again on the Kahului side of the tunnel for the all clear, along with at least 100 other cars. Some drivers pulled into the shopping plaza next to Ma'alaea Harbor to dine, shop and kill time.


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