Brush fire in Maui scorches 200 acres of land

Brush fire in Maui scorches 200 acres of land

MAKAWAO, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui firefighters are concluding operations on a brush fire on Thursday in a gulch near the Kamehameha Schools' Maui campus that officials say has burned about 200 acres.

MFD said it received calls about the fire south of Akalani Loop at 2:21 p.m. As of Thursday evening, MFD said there are 26 firefighters from five companies, two water tankers and a battalion chief on scene. Three helicopters were also deployed for water drops but have been discontinued due to darkness.

As of 7:15 p.m., all active fire has been knocked down by helicopters. Firefighters are currently in the mop-up stage. Fire crews will remain on the scene throughout the night to monitor the area for any flare-ups.

Strong winds of up to 25 mile an hour spread the flames quickly but officials say the pineapples and sugar cane fields have helped to slow the fire.

Officials say the fire came within 30 feet of homes within the area, and that evacuations were ordered for a short time. Residents have been returned to their homes.

No injuries have been reported.

MFD has yet to determine the cause of the fire.

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