Firefighters still battling brush fires on Hawaii Island, Maui as windy conditions persist

Fire crews on scene Sunday trying to contain the brush fire.
Fire crews on scene Sunday trying to contain the brush fire.(D Oliveira)
Published: Nov. 20, 2022 at 1:59 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2022 at 6:43 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Windy conditions are challenging firefighters across the state as multiple brush fires were reported on Sunday.

On Hawaii Island, drivers were alerted to a brush fire that shut down at least two roads in Pahala. According to the Hawaii Island Police Department, Maile Street and Moaula Road are still closed.

Police are rerouting drivers onto Kamani Street as an alternate route. An estimated 66 acres burned so far.

Officials say at least two homes in Pahala have been evacuated as a precaution.

Pahala fire Sunday afternoon.
Pahala fire Sunday afternoon.(D Oliveira)

Meanwhile, a brush fire on Maui that started burning Sunday afternoon is now under control.

Officials said roughly 8 acres were burned. The county had closed multiple roadways but it have since been reopened.

However, the Maui Fire Department said a flare up of the Kauaula fire has kicked up and grown considerably due to very strong winds in the area.

While no evacuations are being ordered at this time, residents in the area of the Launiupoko Subdivision are being asked to remain alert and prepare for possible evacuation if the need arises.

This story may be updated.