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Marijuana Smoker Blamed for 80 Acre Kihei Brush Fire, Officials Say

At about 9 a.m. on Monday, emergency crews were sent to a brush fire mauka of Piilani Highway just north of Mapu Place in Kihei. Flames were seen an estimated 200 yards from the highway.

Upon arrival, police officers contacted a male in the brush walking away from the fire. While speaking to the male, officers observed him to be covered with burns and ash.

During the officers’ investigation, the male stated that he was smoking marijuana in the brush when embers from his pipe ignited a fire. The fire spread quickly and he wasn’t able to put it out.

The Fire Department was able to contain and extinguish fire after approximately 80 acres of brush burned.

The male was identified as 18 year old Trevor Osborne-Senatore of Wailea. He was arrested for the offense of Reckless Endangering in the Second Degree. He was released pending further investigation.

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