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Maui firefighters battle early-morning brush fire in Olowalu

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LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Maui firefighters battled an early-morning brush fire Friday along Honoapiilani Highway, shutting down a stretch of the road for about an hour.

The Maui Fire Department said firefighters responded to reports of a brush fire near mile post 17 of Honoapiilani Highway, between the Olowalu dump and Kai Hele Ku-Launiupoko.

When they arrived, firefighters discovered a brush fire in light grassy fuels with a mix of Kiawe trees on the mauka side of the highway. Officials said additional crews were requested because the fire was spreading fast due to strong winds.

By 7:30 a.m., firefighters managed to fully contain the fire that burned about 8 acres. However, they are still on scene trying to extinguish hot spots.

No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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