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Strong winds fan two Maui wildfires, homes evacuated

Photo By: Kevin J. Olson - Olinda Fire Photo By: Kevin J. Olson - Olinda Fire
Source: Asa Ellison - Wildfire in Kula Source: Asa Ellison - Wildfire in Kula
OLINDA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Firefighters on Maui are battling two wildfires; one is burning near Olinda the other in Kula.

Fire officials say the fire in Olinda is about 40% contained.  An official say the Olinda fire is in a tough spot to reach and was burning 'heavy timber.'  

Firefighters are also busy battling a fire on Cooke Road in Kula.  According to Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga  the fire is still active with 6 acres burnt.

Three helicopters and crews from Kula, Makawao, Kahului, and Kihei are on scene. Three homes in Kula sustained some type of fire damage. One structure sustained some roof damage, unknown minor damages to the other structures. Occupants were evacuated. 

Residents on Hapapa Road with house numbers above 156 have been evacuated. No count how many evacuated. Civil Defense has been notified.

A high wind advisory has been issued by National Weather Service for the fire area; winds are 15 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.  Weather conditions are cloudy with high humidity.

"Due to the high winds and risk of danger from falling trees and branches, the Kula State Forest Reserve, including Polipoli Spring State Park, has been temporarily closed for public safety. We ask the public to be cautious and avoid these areas while risks exist," said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR Chairperson.

The National Weather Service High issued a high wind warning for upper elevations (6,000 feet and above) yesterday. State Forestry personnel were called out Sunday evening to remove fallen trees from the forest road to Polipoli Spring State Park so stranded persons could leave.

DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE) officers were on scene this morning to evacuate 10 individuals who were camping at the state park or in other areas, out via the Skyline Road via Haleakala National Park They also close the gate to the Park/Forest Reserve on Waipouli Road. Closure sign is posed at Waipouli Road gate and at Skyline Road gate. It will remain closed until the high wind event subsides and the road is clear.

We will have the latest on these wildfires on HawaiiNewsNow.com.

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