Strong winds fuel unscheduled cane fire on Maui


Strong winds helped spread a fire on Maui Friday.

Firefighters were called to the fire near Holomua Road and Hana Highway at 3:09 p.m.

Crews arrived to find a two-acre fire burning in the center of a sugarcane field on the Paia side of Holomua Road.

Strong 20 to 25 mph winds fanned flames that were spreading the fire swiftly toward homes on Holua Place and Ulumaika Place.

Eighteen firefighters responded to the scene and worked with personnel from Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company to extinguish the fire, which has been confirmed to be an unscheduled fire.

The fire was contained to sugarcane fields and is estimated to have charred around 40 acres.

Air 1 was also called in to conduct water drops to help stop the fire from spreading toward homes downwind. HC&S personnel with bulldozers cut fire breaks while HC&S water tankers wet down the surrounding areas.

The cause of the unplanned cane fire is undetermined.

No evacuations took place. Fire did not get closer than 100 yards from the nearest structure. No injuries were reported.

The fire has not yet been called extinguished. All fire units have left the scene and HC&S personnel has taken over and will be working to fully extinguish the fire.

Three fire engines, three water tankers, and a hazardous materials crew from Paia, Makawao, Wailea, and Kahului responded to the fire.

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