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Maui forest fire 100% contained, crews watching hot spots

Courtesy: Asa Ellison Courtesy: Asa Ellison
Courtesy: Asa Ellison Courtesy: Asa Ellison

KAHULUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife crews has contained a six-acre fire in the Makawao Forest Reserve.

Twelve firefighters are extinguishing the remaining hotspots. The forest reserve will continue to be closed to the public due to safety concerns through at least Thursday, possibly longer.

The high wind warning for upper slopes and high wind advisories issued by National Weather Service for Haleakala Summit have been canceled.

In the Kula Forest Reserve, the Waipoli Road-Polipoli Access Road has been cleared of fallen trees, is passable and will be reopened Thursday morning.

State crews will continue to be in the forest reserve for the next few days removing fallen trees and branches along the road shoulder and trails.

No injuries were reported.

"We are asking everyone to be conscious of steps they can take to help protect our forest and wild areas by practicing fire safety. Be sure to extinguish cigarettes, use camping stoves properly and avoid making ground fires. Report any sign of a fire start promptly," DLNR Chairperson William J. Aila, Jr. said.

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