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Maui brush fire believed to be intentionally set

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:54 a.m. HST, Jul 16, 2013

The Kaupo brush fire flared up again on Maui Monday destroying another 25 acres.

Maui fire officials said the fire broke out at about 3 p.m. Monday. It was contained by 7 p.m. and was monitored throughout the night.

Over the weekend, more than 65 acres of brush were scorched on the Ulupalakua side of Manawainui Gulch in Kaupo.

The fire was first reported shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters battled the blaze all weekend and it was finally reported extinguished at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Fire officials believe the weekend fire may have been intentionally set because firework remnants were found at the scene. Remains of a type of fireworks known as Ground Bloom Flowers were recovered Sunday.

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