At 4:27 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2017, fire crews responded to a brush fire in a fallow sugar cane field to the east of Ulumau Place.
Paia firefighters were on scene at 4:31 p.m. and found about an acre of brush and fallow sugar cane on fire and threatening homes on Ulumau Place. The department’s Air-1 helicopter arrived just in time to provide water drops near a home about to overrun by flames. The fire was stopped about 10 feet from the home on Ulumau Place.
The fire was brought under control at 5:18 p.m. and called extinguished at 7:06 p.m. A total of 2 acres were scorched in Sunday’s fire.
No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.
About six homes were threatened on Ulumau Place. Some residents on Ulumau Place and Maoli Place were evacuated briefly, but were let back in after fire crews got the fire knocked down soon after.
The cause of the fire was undetermined but is considered suspicious. Neighbors reported seeing children running from the open field just before the fire broke out.
A battalion chief, three engine companies and a water tanker from Paia, Makawao, and Kahului responded to the brush fire.