MFD: Brush fire in Waihee now 100% contained

MFD: Brush fire in Waihee now 100% contained
Crews battled the fire on land and in the air. (Source: MFD)

WAIHEE-WAIEHU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Maui Fire Department is investigating a wind-whipped brush fire that scorched 7 acres in Waihee on Wednesday.

The brush fire was declared 100% contained by 11:30 p.m., fire officials said. But crews will continue to mop up operations on Thursday.

The fire began around 3 p.m. in a macadamia nut field on the mauka side of Kahekili Highway.

No structures were threatened but it did force the closure of Kahekili Highway between Makaala Drive and Waiehu Beach Road.

Multiple units responded, including private dozers that helped crews cut a fire break around the perimeter of the fire, MFD said.

Gusty winds of about 20 mph made for challenging conditions.

No injuries have been reported.

This story will be updated.

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