Kahului brush fire now fully contained; 100 acres scorched

Brush fire breaks out in Kahului, MFD continues battle into evening hours

KAHULUI, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui County firefighters have contained a brush fire in Kahului that started Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters worked overnight to battle the fire that started in the area of Pulehu Road near Hookele Street, Hansen Road and Hana Highway.

By Monday afternoon, MFD said the fire was 100 percent contained and 100 acres had burned.

Firefighters continued their work Monday to put out hot spots and flare ups.

Dry conditions mixed with gusty winds of 30 mph and above challenged crews initially.

“The wind is gusting very strong today, all morning, even this afternoon so that’s been very tough,” Val Martin, of the Maui Fire Department, said on Monday.

Multiple roads were closed as a result of the fire. All roads have since reopened.

MFD said they were able to protect a tow lot, baseyard and greenwaste facility. No major damage was reported.

The recent string of brush fires is alarming to residents on the Valley Isle.

“I think it’s becoming a huge issue, whether its arson or just accidents, it’s becoming a really big problem because the island is so dry,” witness Lucas Zarro said.

This story will be updated.

(Source: Kevin J Olson)

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