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Separate Fires Scorch Maui Brush

Photo: Anthony Goodrich / MAUIWatch

Two separate fires burned brush on Maui on Wednesday.

Hana firefighters investigated a report of smoke in the Wailua-Nahiiu area of Hana Highway 360, near mile marker 22 just after 4 a.m.

Authorities report that a motorist driving into Hana reported seeing lots of smoke but did not see any flames.

At 4:38 a.m., firefighters found a half-acre area of grass and light brush off the shoulder of Hana Highway that had nearly burned itself out but was still smoldering. A Hana fire engine and water tanker had the fire extinguished by 5 a.m.

Wailuku firefighters and a Kahului water tanker responded to a separate brush fire around 9:19 a.m. on Wednesday.

The small brush fire in the former macadamia nut fields mauka of Kahekili Highway, between Waiehu Beach Road and Makaala Drive.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find a 50 x 50 foot area of heavy brush on fire about 50 feet in from the Highway. Thick vegetation made it difficult for crews to make access and to extinguish the fire. Firefighters had the fire under control at 9:52 a.m. and extinguished at 11 a.m.

When the fire was finally put out, a burned out vehicle was found at the center of the three-quarter-acre fire. It’s not known whether the vehicle was being driven at the time and may have started the fire, or if it was the brush fire that consumed the vehicle parked in the brush.

The cause of both fires were undetermined. There were no injuries or structures damaged in either incident.

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