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Maui firefighters respond to 10 fires over Independence Day weekend

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Maui firefighters responded to eight brush fires, a cane field fire and a structure fire over the Fourth of July weekend.

Four of the brush fires and the one cane field fire could have been started by children playing with fireworks, fire officials reported.

The cane fire was reported at 10:01 p.m. on a sugar cane field mauka of Loina Place in Paia. Three acres were scorched and homes in the area had to be evacuated.

The four brush fires that may have been started by child playing with fireworks occurred at 7:48 p.m. where 1,000 acres were burnt in Lahaina near Old Cane haul Road near Lahaina Aquatic Center;  at 8:55 p.m.  where 600 square feet of brush were destroyed at Alahao Street in Kahului near Kanaha Beach Park campground; at 9:05 p.m. where 250 square feet of grass was destroyed  on  Haulani Street in  Pukalani: and  at 10:17 p.m. where  50 square feet of grass were burned on  Kahawai Street in Wailuku, between Kahawai Street and Iao Stream.

Fire investigators are still investigating the cause of three brush fires at 7:44 a.m. in  Kukona Place in  Wailuku at 2:01 p.m. in  Kaiola Place in Kihei; another brush fire reported at 4:04 p.m. in Kaiola Place 150 yards south of first fire; and at 10:34 p.m. on  Holomua Road in Paia.

Maui fire officials also said fire damaged a house on Alani Place in Wailuku  at 12:43 p.m. 

Damages were $100,000 to structure and $15,000 to its content

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