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Firefighters tame two brush fires in Maui forest reserves

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:09 a.m. HST, Jun 20, 2012

State and county firefighters tamed two relatively small brush fires Tuesday in Kula and Makawao forest reserves.

A fire that began Monday in Kula blackened six acres and damaged three homes. Maui firefighters had that fire 90 percent contained by this morning, but it did not grow.

Lee Mainaga, Maui Fire Department spokesman, said ground crews conducted mop-up operations today, extinguishing hot spots.The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Makawao Forest Reserve fire was contained this afternoon, the Department of Land and Natural Resources said. DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife crews contained Tuesday the six-acre fire in the reserve.

About a dozen firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots lste Tuesday.

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