Update: The fire which started Thursday in the area of MP 26 of Piilani Highway has been declared 100% contained.
Personnel will continue monitoring the fire throughout the day Friday.
The cause of this fire is undetermined.
MAUI (KHON2) — A Maui brush fire broke out in the Kahikinui area on Thursday, November 21, around 1:40 p.m.
The Maui Fire Department responded with multiple fire units, air support, and heavy equipment to the scene.
The fire prompted a road closure from Piilani Highway Milepost 25 through Kipahulu National Park. The closure was later lifted around 6 p.m.
But the strong wind fanned the blaze, growing the brush fire to around 300 acres. According to MFD, it was reportedly moving northwest toward the Kahikinui Subdivision.
Dozens of homes in Kahikinui Homesteads were evacuated due to the progress of the fire. Emergency management officials worked to set up a shelter for residents.
“I ask residents and visitors to be cautious and vigilant and stay away from this area of East Maui,” Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said.
Around 7 p.m. the evacuations were lifted. The temporary shelter that was opened at Keokea Community Center has been closed.
Dozens will continue to cut fire breaks along the fire perimeter into the night. Crews will also continue to monitor and secure the perimeter.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to 30 percent. The fire is not actively moving or growing at this time.
There were no reported injuries.
The Emergency Operations Center at the Maui Emergency Management Agency was partially activated in response to the wildfire, but has returned to normal operations.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.