OLOWALU, MAUI (HAWAII NEWS NOW) - Maui mayor Alan Arakawa announced startling new numbers on Thursday regarding the county's brush fire battles.
Arakawa says Maui firefighters have battled 134 fires so far this year, compared to 136 in all of 2015.
Some of those fires closed major highways and caused long traffic delays, leading Arakawa to highlight the need for a bypass road.
""It boggles my mind that after so many incidents, so much planning is going in to this, why would the state take it off the long range plan when the traffic is backing up?" Arakawa said. "No matter what the cost, it has to be done."
Firefighters are currently mopping up at the scene of a large brush fire in Olowalu, which has scorched hundreds of acres since it parked six days ago.
At last check, that fire was 80 percent contained.