The Kahikinui brush fire increased by another 300 acres today after a flare-up Wednesday afternoon jumped firebreaks on the mauka perimeter. Yesterday’s flare-up brings the total to 5,600 acres of brush burned since it was first reported at 5:40 p.m. Feb. 15, 2016.
Crews today, used Air 1 and two additional choppers from Pacific Helicopter Tours to conduct water drops on flare-ups and hotspots around the newly burned area. Helicopters were also the only means of transporting ground crews and equipment to the affected areas at about the 4,200 foot elevation.
About 30 Maui County firefighters and State Division of Forestry and Wildlife fire crews were mopping up the flare-up area and will continue again tomorrow.
A crew of county firefighters will be standing watch overnight again to monitor for any flare-ups.
Piilani Highway is open to all traffic but motorists are advised that the road may close momentarily at any time for helicopters operating near the highway. Please check the Facebook pages for the County of Maui, and Maui Police Department for up-to-date road closure notices.