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Maui Firefighters Keep Eye on Winds

Mahina Martin Mahina Martin
This home at Launiupoko was destroyed by fire This home at Launiupoko was destroyed by fire

MAUI (KHNL) - Maui firefighters are kept a close watch on the winds Friday as they battled to control a three-day-old fire that has burned almost 2,000 acres.

Maui County spokeswoman Mahina Martin said the fire was about 80 percent contained.

A Hawaii Air National Guard helicopter was brought in to help fight the fire at Olowalu on the west side of Maui. That helicopter uses a 2,000 gallon bucket to fight fires.

Martin said residents who were evacuated Thursday night were allowed to return to their homes later in the evening. Maui Land and Pine used heavy equipment to clear the way to allow people to evacuate the Launiupoko subdivision.

On Friday, the fire was reported near the 2,500 foot elevation and wind conditions were milder than in previous days, but Martin said the winds were expected to pick up in the evening.

Two firefighters were treated and released for smoke inhalation on Thursday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Martin said.

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