Lahaina Fire Causes Evacuations

LAHAINA, Maui (KHNL) - Maui officials say a brush fire that started at 12:27 PM Tuesday in Lahaina was 90% contained late in the afternoon.

A total of 180 acres were burned on vacant land mauka of the Lahaina Aquatic Center.

45 firefighters were on scene aided by 3 helicopters, 6 water tankers and 4 bulldozers.

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Center ordered an evacuation of its residents at their Lahaina site, Na Hale O Wainee, about an hour after the fire started.

County buses were dispatched to transport residents to an American Red Cross shelter at the Lahaina Civic Center.

The Red Cross shelter closed in the late afternoon when fire officials deemed it safe for residents to return to Na Hale O Wainee.

Honoapiilani Highway remained open throughout the incident. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

Photos courtesy of Corrina Cooney