Fire Destroys Home, Forces Evacuation

OLOWALU, Maui (KHNL) - A family is homeless after a fire near Olowalu burned down their home.

The fire was first reported around 10:30 Wednesday morning on the mountain side of Honoapiilani Highway.  The fire then spread to the ocean side of the highway.

All residences and a few businesses were evacuated.  The fire is reported to have burned eight hundred acres of land and reached an elevation of 25-hundred feet.

Hundreds of people were stuck because the main highway in and out of Lahaina was closed down.  Police have now opened both lanes on Honoapiillani Highway.   Officials say the fire continues to burn mauka of Honoapiilani Highway and could affect traffic conditions.