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Kihei Brush Fire Scorches 5 Acres on Saturday

South Maui fire crews responded to a brush fire that scorched around 5 acres on the mauka side of Piilani Highway near Kaonoulu Street on Saturday.

Kihei firefighters were on scene at 2:48 p.m. and found about a half-acre of brush on fire. Crews from Wailea also arrived to assist in battling the fire that was spreading quickly.

MFD’s Air-1 helicopter conducted water drops to assist crews in stopping the fire before it crossed over a gulch toward the south.

Crews had the fire contained by 3:37 p.m. and spent the rest of the afternoon mopping up at the scene. There were no injuries and no homes were threatened.

Firefighters left the scene just after 7 p.m. Saturday evening after it was fully contained and no hot spots were visible. Crews made checks during the night and called the fire extinguished at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire could not be determined.

Four companies, and two water tankers from Kihei, Wailea, and Kahului responded to the brush fire.

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