HONOLULU (KHON2) — Maui police closed Honoapiilani Highway at Leialii Parkway due to a brush fire and said Canoe Beach and Wahikuli Wayside Park were being evacuated on Thursday, Aug. 19.
Police made the announcement at 2:26 p.m. Thursday and said southbound lanes were opened as of 3:13 p.m. with officers alternating traffic.
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Maui Fire Department officials said at 3:38 p.m. that the blaze had burned 6 acres and was 80% contained.
Fire officials said the blaze was first reported in the brush area north of the Lahaina Civic Center and mauka of Honoapiilani Highway above Hanakao’o Beach Park.
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Authorities advised the public to avoid the area.