Maui brush fire forces road closure

MAALAEA (HAWAIINEWSNOW) - 911 callers from West Maui are advised that landlines in their area may be affected by damage caused to Hawaiian TelCom fiber from a brush fire at Maalaea that was first reported at 11:26 a.m. Sunday morning.  Some cell phone services may also be affected.  Calls from cell phone services not impacted are able to reach 911.

Hawaiian TelCom personnel are on scene working to repair the damage.  Maui Police re-opened the pali road of Honoapiilani Highway between Maalaea and Ukumehame for two-way traffic. Motorists should expect slow traffic and delays for the rest of the afternoon and possibly early evening as Hawaiian TelCom continues repair work in the area and Maui firefighters work to extinguish the fire that is burning in a mauka direction away from the road.

Motorists are asked to avoid unnecessary travel in the area.  So far no injuries have been reported.