Brush fire on Maui burns at least 75 acres; fire fight ongoing

Brush fire on Maui burns at least 75 acres; fire fight ongoing
MFD sent these images of the fire burning Saturday. (Maui Fire Department (MFD))

OLOWALU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui firefighters are working to extinguish a brush fire that ignited early Saturday morning.

Maui fire officials said they were called out to the fire around 2 a.m. It started in the upper hills of Olowalu above a paintball field and tomato farm.

When MFD arrived on scene, the fire was about two acres in size and growing rapidly due to high winds. Additional resources were called in.

As of 12:15 p.m., the flames were 50 percent contained and 75 acres were blackened. Some 40 firefighters and crew members were still battling the flames.

“MFD is also being assisted by personnel and equipment from the State of Hawaii Dept of Forestry and Wildlife, County of Maui Dept of Public Works, West Maui Land Co, and Goodfellow Bros.,” MFD said in a news release.

No evacuations are in place and no structures are threatened. No injuries have been reported.

Crews remain on scene.

This story will be updated.

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