(Courtesy of Melissa Lau)
HALIIMAILE, Hawaii (KHON2) — Firefighters and police officials on Maui responded to a brush fire in a gulch just below Haliimaile on Friday afternoon, July 31.
The fire happened around 3:35 p.m. and scorched roughly 22 acres of land. Firefighters say that it’s about 50 percent contained.
According to the Maui Fire Department, firefighters arrived at the scene and found a fire in heavy brush. Responders noted that the fire was located in an area with very limited accessibility.
Firefighters worked on putting out the fire by ground and by air.
Police prompted the closure of Leie Street, and Aoiki Street is being evacuated. As of 7:45 p.m. MFD officials said that 30 homes were evacuated. Though evacuations are still in effect, families will be allowed to return to their homes shortly.
Crews will remain at the scene throughout the night to secure the perimeter of the fire and conduct mop-up operations.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and there are no reported damages at this time.
Officials ask the public to avoid the area.
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