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Maui Firefighters Battle Three Brush Fires; Maui Emergency Operations Center Partially Activated

PC: Lynette Nelson-Peavy

Maui firefighters were battling three brush fires early Sunday evening.

No homes were immediately threatened by any of the fires, and there were no evacuations ordered as of 7:15 p.m.

Mayor Michael Victorino said: “I ask everyone to remain vigilant and to continue monitoring news reports for any action residents and visitors may need to take.”

The largest had burned 80 acres in Kihei, mauka of Lipoa Parkway and the Maui Brewing Co. That fire was reported at 3:46 p.m. As of 7:15 p.m., it was moving south and mauka. Winds were blowing 10 to 15 mph.

The second fire was reported at 4:41 p.m. in Waikapu on the mauka side of the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and the Kahili Golf Course. That fire had been 10 acres.

The third fire was reported at 4:48 p.m. off of Waiko Road and the Apana scrap yard. It had burned 5 acres as of after 7 p.m.

The Maui emergency operations center has been partially activated.

As of 7:15 p.m., police had closed Honoapiilani Highway from its intersection with Kuihelani Highway to the Maui Tropical Plantation. Waiko Road was closed from Kuihelani Highway to Waiale Road. Local traffic was being detoured.

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