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Fast-moving brush fire on Maui burns more than 30 acres

County authorities closed off Kuihelani Highway in both directions around 3:30 p.m.
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 4:40 PM HST|Updated: May. 23, 2022 at 5:19 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A wind-whipped brush fire in Central Maui on Monday afternoon scorched about 30 acres before fire crews were able to get it mostly contained.

Officials said the blaze was about 95% contained just before 5:20 p.m.

Firefighters battled the fire in Maui Lani by air and on the ground, and said they struggled to find available water sources.

County authorities closed off Kuihelani Highway in both directions around 3:30 p.m. Monday from Waiko Road to Pu’unene Avenue. Officials said the highway had zero visibility due to the thick smoke.

The blaze did not trigger any evacuations, and there were no structures damaged.

In addition to the wind, fire crews were battling extremely dry conditions.

The fire led to the closure of a Maui Highway Monday afternoon.
The fire led to the closure of a Maui Highway Monday afternoon.(HNN Viewer)

Hawaii News Now has reached out to MFD for more information. This story will be updated.

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