10 acres of brush scorched in Olowalu

10 acres of brush scorched in Olowalu

LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lahaina firefighters responded to a fire, Friday afternoon that has scorched about 10 acres of brush in the Olowalu area of West Maui.

Maui Fire Department says about 70 percent of the fire was contained, but they are concerned with strong winds blowing towards homes about a quarter mile away.

Rough terrain is making it difficult for vehicles to access the fire so firefighters are walking the fireline by foot and are mopping up with hand tools and waterpacks carried on their backs.

While making water drops, the fire department's Air 1 helicopter did report seeing a downed electrical power line in the area of the brushfire, but it's still unclear what may have started the fire. Crews will continue the investigation tomorrow.

Fire crews will remain at the scene throughout the night and will reassess the area in the morning.

A total of 19 firefighters responded. Three companies, a water tanker and a battalion chief from Napili and Lahaina responded to the fire. A hazmat crew and water tanker from Kahului also assisted.

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