Maui firefighters this afternoon extinguished a brush fire in the Maalaea area along Honoapiilani Highway.
The Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety responded to the blaze amid gusty trade winds at around 1:30 p.m. Firefighters briefly evacuated nearby residents from their houses, but the fire was contained before it spread to the buildings.
Only about a quarter of an acre was burned by the fire, which was extinguished just after 2:30 p.m.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.