Olowalu brush fire now 80 percent contained

Maui firefighters continue to battle large brush fire in Olowalu
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OLOWALU, MAUI (HAWAII NEWS NOW) - A brush fire that broke out on Friday, July 8 in Olowalu was about 80 percent contained at last check, according to the Maui Fire Department.

The blaze, which started around 7:15 a.m. Friday, had quickly spread to about 1,300 acres due to gusty trade winds, firefighters said. No structures have been damaged, but a backhoe was destroyed. Damage from the fire was estimated at about $20,000.

On Friday night, the blaze prompted evacuations of three homes, but residents were allowed to return after several hours. Police also evacuated beach goers and campers in the area, including Papalaua Wayside Park.

The fire was fought by air and on land near mile post 12 on Honoapiilani Highway, which is roughly between Olowalu Village Road and the Ukumehame Firing Range. Crews used bulldozers to cut firebreaks and prevent flames from spreading.

About 55 firefighters and other personnel were working to douse the flames Saturday.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

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