At 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, firefighters responded to a brush fire in the Nakalele area that was reported by tour helicopters to the Kapalua Airport control tower.
Napili firefighters arrived at 11:12 a.m. and found brush burning about 100 yards in on the mauka side of the highway, and across from the parking area to the Nakalele Blowhole. The department’s Air-1 helicopter was dispatched to provide aerial water drops to prevent the fire from spreading upslope due to the brisk tradewinds.
The fire scorched around 2 acres of heavy brush before it was contained at 12:22 p.m. and called extinguished at 3 p.m.
The cause of the fire was undetermined. There were no injuries or structures to threaten.
Firefighters from Napili were assisted by a water tanker from Lahaina.