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Maui brush fire burns 80 acres, threatens homes before being put out

(Image: Maui Fire Department) (Image: Maui Fire Department)
(Image: Maui Fire Department) (Image: Maui Fire Department)
PAIA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A brush fire burned about 80 acres in Paia on Friday, threatening several homes before firefighters were able to bring it under control.

The Maui Fire Department said the blaze was an "unscheduled" sugarcane fire.

The fire started about 3:09 p.m. in a sugarcane field on the Paia side of Holomua Road.

Strong trade winds whipped up the flames, which spread toward homes on Holua Place and Ulumaika Place. The blaze came within 100 yards of some homes.

But fire officials ordered no evacuations and say no one was injured.

The blaze was extinguished by about 7 a.m. Saturday.

Three fire engines, three water tankers and a hazardous materials crew from Paia worked with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. on the fire. MFD also conducted water drops.

HC&S conducts scheduled burning of the sugarcane to remove unproductive leafy materials. 

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