Crews on Maui cut firebreak to protect Paia residents from large brush fire

Firefighters battle fast-moving brush fire on Maui

MAUI, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Crews on Maui continue to battle a raging brush fire that has scorched roughly 3,000 acres in Haliimaile.

Officials said Thursday that crews have cut a firebreak to protect nearby residents. Residents in Skill Village were told to prepare for evacuations late Wednesday, but officials said the fire is not posing an immediate threat.

At last check, the fire was about half a mile away from the small town in Paia.

The Haliimaile fire forced the closure of several routes on the Valley Isle, and is being fueled by dry brush and fanned by strong winds.

Haleakala Highway remains closed from Hana Highway to Old Haleakala Highway. Haliimaile Road also remains closed. The public is being urged to stay away from the area.

The fire was just 30 percent contained at last check.

Update 2:25am: Only Hali’imaile Road remains closed, from the General Store to Haleakala Hwy. All other roads have been...

Posted by Maui Police Department on Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Maui’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated and Maui Emergency Management Agency is closely watching the situation. The American Red Cross is also standing by in the event shelter is needed.

On Wednesday, officials said non-essential employees at a landfill and an Ameron quarry were evacuated.

The blaze started late Tuesday night and grew into Wednesday.

Firefighters from the Kahului Airport Station were also called out to assist in battling the fire.

This story will be updated.

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