Day 4: Haliimaile brush fire scorches 4,300 acres, 100 percent contained

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HALIIMAILE, Hawaii (KHON2) — After four days, a large brush fire that scorched 4,300 acres of land in Haliimaile is 100 percent contained as of 1 p.m. July 10.

The alarm for the brush fire first went off late Tuesday night, July 7. The fire continued to spread throughout Wednesday and on Thursday. On Wednesday, the fire neared Skill Village in Paia and officials urged residents to prepare for a possible evacuation. Homes were later deemed safe after firefighters had cut a break in the fire.

It prompted the closure of multiple roads. But as of Friday, those closures were lifted. HC&D quarry and Central Maui Landfill was evacuated as a precaution. Numerous utility poles located in the burned area have been damaged.

Firefighters are cleaning up operations. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.


HALIIMAILE, Hawaii (KHON2) — The brush fire in Haliimaile has grown to roughly 4,300 acres and is 75 percent contained, according to the Maui Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Twenty-five personnel with the MFD are responding to the fire. They are working to cut breaks around the perimeter of the fire.

(Courtesy of Maui Fire Department)

Numerous utility poles located in the burned area have been damaged. HC&D quarry and Central Maui Landfill were evacuated on Wednesday, July 8, as a precaution.

Crews will continue to work throughout the night to contain and monitor the fire, which started late Tuesday night, July 7.


(Courtesy of Kevin J Olson)

PAIA, Hawaii (KHON2) — Maui firefighters cut a large firebreak to protect the residents in the area of Skill Village in Paia, county officials reported Thursday, around 12:45 a.m.

Maui residents near Skill Village were urged to prepare for a possible evacuation due to the spread of the Haliimaile fire around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

But due to firefighting efforts, officials announced that residents do not need to evacuate their homes at this time as the fire does not pose as a threat.

Crews will continue to work to extinguish the fire and police are ready to respond, if needed.

The fire is roughly 3,000 acres in size and around a half a mile away, officials reprted. It started late Tuesday night, July 7.

The Haleakala Highway remains closed from Hana Highway to Old Haleakala Highway. Haliimaile Road also remains closed. County officials say that the public should stay away from the area.

The Emergency Operations Center has been activated and Maui Emergency Management Agency is closely monitoring the situation. The American Red Cross also is standing by to provide assistance.

“Our fire crews continue to work hard trying to control the fire and slow its spread. All residents should avoid the area to protect the safety of themselves and our first responders,” said Mayor Victorino.

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