Rural Maui brush fire burns 2,500 acres; homes evacuated

Rural Maui brush fire burns 2,500 acres; homes evacuated

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Ten people have evacuated their homes as firefighters battle a blaze that has already scorched 2,500 acres of rural Maui.

Maui County Fire Services Officer Ed Taomoto said the fire hadn't been contained as of Tuesday afternoon. He says 10 residents from Kahikinui homesteads have evacuated while 10 others chose to remain in their homes.

Three county helicopters are fighting the fire from the air. County public works bulldozers are laying fire breaks along with state forestry crews. Workers from Haleakala, Ulupalakua and Kaupo ranches are helping.

Taomoto says the area burned is mostly dryland shrub on the south side of Haleakala. The blaze stretches from sea level to about 2,000 feet above sea level.

The blaze began about 5:40 p.m. Monday.

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