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Firefighters suspect homeless campers sparked brush fire in West Maui

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UKUMEHAME, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Firefighters on Maui are monitoring a brush fire on the island's west side.

The fire was first reported shortly after 12:15 Wednesday afternoon in the Ukumehame area. 

Crews from Lahaina arrived about 15 minutes later and found the blaze near the 12 mile marker of Honoapiilani Highway.

A total of 20 firefighters, a hazardous materials crew and three water tankers are on scene, in addition to two helicopters making water drops from the air.

A neighborhood is nearby, but fire officials say the homes are not threatened at this time. No evacuations were issued.

However, one homeless encampment was destroyed by the flames.

The fire is 60 percent contained. Firefighters suspect homeless campers sparked the brush fire.

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