Smoke seen for miles as firefighters battle a 578-acre brush fire in Paia

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — Firefighters responded to a brush fire on Maui, Saturday, December 14, around 1:07 p.m.

According to the Maui Fire Department, the fire is located in the Paia area near the Old Maui High School campus on Holomua Road. The fire burned behind Doris Todd school and moved in the Makai direction.

The blaze prompted the closure of Baldwin Avenue from the old HC&S mill to Paia School. The closure was later lifted and Baldwin Avenue has been reopened in both directions up to Skill Village. The portion of Baldwin from Skill Village to Paia Elementary School remains closed.

Maui firefighters are on the scene and are working to extinguish the flames. A few structures were evacuated near Baldwin Avenue. Now, there are no current evacuations in order.

Skill Village residents in Paia are no longer being asked to stay in their residences. It’s safe to leave their homes, police reported.

So far, there’s no word on any reported injuries or to what caused the brush fire.

Mayor Michael Victorino asked residents and visitors to be vigilant and stay away from the area of the fire.

“I thank firefighters, police, private water tanker crews and other first responders for acting quickly in responding to this blaze,” Mayor Victorino said.

As of 5:30 p.m. Maui fire officials said that the size of the fire is estimated to be around 578 acres.

We will update this article when more information is made available.

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