On Saturday 8/25, the latest update on the West Maui Brush Fires have been posted HERE.
Updated at 9:30 a.m.: Honoapiilani Hwy is now open
Maui police have reopened Honoapiilani Highway in both directions. The highway had been closed earlier due to a large 300 acre brush fire. It is unknown at this time whether the fire is storm related, however wind gusts overnight helped to spread the fire quickly said Maui fire fighters.
As a safety precaution Maui police evacuated more than 100 households in the Puamana Subdivision as well as those living along Punakea Loop and Lahainaluna Road. The fire also forced the closure of the storm evacuation shelter at Lahaina Intermediate. Evacuees were transferred to Lahaina Civic Center. At this time, it is estimated that there are 300 evacuees inside the civic center with another 200 outside on the property.
To respond to the various rumors relating to Lahainaluna High School, the County has just confirmed with the Maui Police Dept and the Dept of Fire & Public Safety that there has been no damage at the school.
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Updated at 5:51 a.m.
Fire officials have reported that the fire has jumped Honoapiilani Highway near Dickenson Street and is approaching Aloha Gas Station.
Honoapiilani Highway is still closed from Carl’s Junior in Ma’alaea to Shaw Street in Lahaina. Motorists should avoid the area.
Kahekili Highway is closed on the Waihee side and is only passable one way, Kapalua to Waihee but, due to the weather, it is not advisable.
Updated at 4:17 a.m.
A brush fire is threatening the Puamana neighborhood in Lahaina and has forced an evacuation of approximately 100 homes. The fire has also shut down Honoapiilani Highway (HIGHWAY 30) and forced the evacuation of the Lahaina Intermediate School shelter. The west Maui shelter is now located at Lahaina Civic Center.
Lahaina Civic Center
1840 Honoapiilani Highway
Lahaina, HI 96761
Please avoid the area and exercise caution.
Updated at 4:00 a.m.
On Friday, August 24, 2018, at about 1:00 a.m., emergency personnel began responding to reports of a brush fire in the area of Kauaula Valley in Lahaina. The fire has spread, and residents in the area are being evacuated.
As a result of the rapidly spreading fire, and out of precaution, the Emergency Operating Center and Red Cross are in the process of evacuating people presently in the emergency shelter at Lahaina Intermediate School to Lahaina Civic Center. At last count, there were 26 evacuees in the Lahaina Intermediate shelter.
At the present time, 10 fire companies, tankers from both the Fire and Public Works Departments and one battalion chief are at the scene.
Honoapiilani Highway is closed at Carl’s Junior in Ma’alaea and Shaw Street in Lahaina. Motorists should avoid the area.
Updated at 3:30 a.m.
Maui Police Department officials report that Kahekili Highway, Lahaina bound, has been closed due to the fire.
Motorists are being asked to avoid the closed area.
Approximately 100 homes in the Puamana neighborhood have been evacuated, per MPD.
In addition, MPD says that reports have been received that Hawaiian Tel customers are unable to make or receive phone calls into or out of the Lahaina area at this time.
Cell phone service is also being reported as sporadic.
The storm shelter at Lahaina Intermediate School has been moved to the Lahaina Civic Center.
There are no reports of injuries in connection to the fire at this time.
Original story published at 2:42 a.m.
The Maui Police Department reports that on Friday at about 1 a.m. emergency personnel began responding to reports of a brush fire in the area of Kauaula Valley in Lahaina.
The fire, which is estimated to be three to four acres in size has begun to spread and residents in the area are being evacuated.
Honoapiilani Highway is closed at Carl’s Junior in Ma’alaea and Shaw Street in Lahaina.
Motorists should avoid the area.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.