Brush fire closes Hana Highway; 5 homes evacuated
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Brush fire closes Hana Highway; 5 homes evacuated

  • COURTESY ANNA KIM

Five Haiku, Maui homes were evacuated tonight due to a brush fire, and others were threatened.

Maui firefighters battled two back-to-back fires today in Paia and Haiku.

After crews doused a brush fire in Paia, they were called at 6:32 p.m. to a fast-moving brush fire in Haiku.

The first crew arrived at 6:42 p.m. near the intersection of Hana Highway and Haiku Road.

The fire was about a half acre in size upon arrival, and winds were gusting, which may have been a factor, said Fire Services Chief Ed Taomoto.

At least five houses were evacuated in a rural area of Haiku.

Crews remain in place, protecting structures as the fire is approaching, Taomoto said at 9:20 p.m.

Hana Highway was partially closed and contraflowed, but at 7:40 p.m. was completely closed between Maliko Gulch and Pauwela Road.

Multiple tankers and bulldozers from the county’s Department of Public Works and Goodfellow Brothers were on their way, Taomoto said.

Maui Fire Department deployed 28 personnel, five companies, two water tankers, three battalion chiefs and three chief officers.

The Paia fire burned eight acres of fallow sugarcane fields. The first call came at 1:35 p.m. and was extinguished at 5:50 p.m. a mile on the Kahului side of Baldwin Avenue off Sunnyside Road, an old plantation road.

No one was injured and no structures were threatened.

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