South Kihei Road reopened after brush fire breaks out amid high winds
KIHEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A brush fire that was burning in Kihei on Tuesday afternoon has been contained, according to Maui Emergency Management Agency officials.
MEMA sent an alert around 12:45 p.m. about the fire, urging people to avoid the area and drive in the opposite direction. The brush fire was 100% contained by 1 p.m.
South Kihei Road was initially closed but has since been reopened.
Officials said the Kihei community center is open as a refuge site to escape the smoke.
No evacuations have been ordered.
Viewer photos sent to Hawaii News Now showed smoke billowing in the area.
A red flag warning is in effect for all leeward areas of the island chain as strong winds and low humidity increase fire risk.
This story will be updated.
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