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Car fire spreads to Maui cane field, burning 10 acres


A vehicle fire spread to a nearby cane field in Pulehu on Maui Friday morning, scorching about 10 acres.

The Maui Fire Department said emergency dispatcheers received a call for a large brush fire near Pulehu Road and Omaopio Road junction at about 5:10 a.m., and firefighters from Kula found about 2 acres of burning sugar cane. Kona winds of 20-25 mph fanned the flames and made the fire difficult to control, officials said. 

Both roads were briefly closed due to heavy smoke.

Fire crews worked to extinguish the flames until 8:30 a.m., when Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar company (HC&S) workers took over. 

A completely burned vehicle was found near the cane field, and believed to be the cause of the fire.  

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