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10:40 PM UPDATE: Brush fire continues to shut down Honoapiilani Highway

PC: County of Maui / Alan Fukuyama

A portion of Honoapiilani Highway from Waikapu to Kuihelani Highway remained closed indefinitely Sunday night with a brush fire clinging dangerously close to the southbound lane of the highway in the Waikapu area, the Maui Fire Department reported.

Police had the highway closed from the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu to Kuihelani Highway, but on Monday morning officers planned to allow only local traffic access to Honoapiilani Highway from its intersection of Waiko Road to the tropical plantation.

Other traffic, including Monday morning commuter traffic, will be detoured to Waiko Road and Kuihelani Highway. The portion of Honoapiilani Highway from Waiko Road to Wailuku will remain open.

“As of 10:30 p.m. Sunday, the fire was too close to southbound traffic on Honoapiilani Highway to reopen it safely,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “Out of an abundance of caution, the highway will remain closed to allow firefighters to do their work. The public’s continued patience is much appreciated.”

Containment of the three brush fires reported Sunday remained the same: 100 percent for the 5-acre Waiko Road fire; 20 percent for the 80-acre Kihei fire mauka of Lipoa Parkway; and 80 percent for the blaze in Waikapu initially reported on the mauka side of Honoapiilani Highway and the Kahili Golf Course.

No injuries have been reported; and no structures were immediately threatened.

Mayor Victorino continued to ask residents and visitors to remain vigilant and informed.

For updates on road closures, see the Maui Police Department’s Facebook page.

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