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MFD: Brush fire in Wailuku 100% contained, burns through 17 acres

Maui firefighters were working to put out the flames Tuesday afternoon.
Maui firefighters were working to put out the flames Tuesday afternoon.(HNN Viewer)
Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 4:20 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 7, 2021 at 10:16 PM HST
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WAILUKU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Maui Fire Department said a raging brush fire that burned through roughly 17 acres in Wailuku is now 100% contained.

Officials said the fire started at around 3 p.m. Tuesday and was brought under containment by 6:15 p.m.

Several Wailuku homes were evacuated as firefighters worked to control the brush fire in the area. All evacuations have since been lifted.

The Maui Fire Department said the flames were burning along Piihana Road in Wailuku near Kahekili Highway. Officials said “multiple residences” along the road were evacuated as a precaution. The exact number of homes forced to evacuate is unknown at this time.

“I got a phone call from my husband saying that they needed me back home because they had to evacuate the home because there was a fire behind our house,” said Crystal Delapinia, a resident in the area,

“It was maybe about 50 yards from where we were — the fear of being homeless, nowhere to go tonight. There’s no way of getting in or out right now.”

Multiple fire engines, tankers and a chopper were used to battle the brush fire.

Despite winds reported to be blowing at 10 to 15 mph, firefighters were able to hold back the flames.

Officials said there were no injuries or reports of damage to any structures in the area.

MFD said mop up efforts are ongoing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Maui firefighters were working to put out the flames Tuesday afternoon.
Maui firefighters were working to put out the flames Tuesday afternoon.(HNN Viewer)

This story will be updated.

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