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Maui firefighters battle 200-acre sugar cane fire

Maui firefighters battled a 200-acre sugar cane fire Thursday on the west side of Haliimaile Town.

The fire was reported at 10:22 a.m. Makawao firefighters arrived at 10:35 a.m. and found two acres of cane on fire, Maui Fire Department spokesman Edward Taomoto said in a news release.

Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar representatives confirmed it was an unscheduled fire.

The fire destroyed an estimated 200 acres of sugar cane.

“The fire was found burning next to Kaheka Road, which skirts around the west side of Haliimaile Town,” the news release said.

Fire crews found a burned-out vehicle in the cane field near where the fire is thought to have started.

The Fire Department will continue to investigate the cause of the blaze.

On Tuesday, seven acres of brush burned near the Kahului Heliport more than six hours after a scheduled cane fire. Taomoto said the fire is undetermined, but it is possible that it could be related. The scheduled burn occurred from 3 to 5 a.m. The brush fire was reported at 11:20 a.m.

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