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Courtesy of the County of Maui // Ryan Piros

Multiple brush fires doused across the island

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Maui firefighters responded to several small brush fires, including one that rekindled a second time from a brush fire back on November 30, 2015.

At 12:57 a.m., Wailuku firefighters responded to a brush fire on the makai side of Honoapiilani Highway near the Scenic Lookout in Maalaea. Crews found a 20 x 20 foot grass area burning on the makai side of the highway and had it extinguished by 1:47 a.m. Cause was undetermined.

At 1:46 p.m., Kahului firefighters were called to a brush fire near the intersection of Pulehu and Hansen Roads. Crews found a 20 x 20 foot grass fire next to Pulehu Road, just above the Hansen Road intersection. HC&S personnel also assisted with a water tanker and 2 bulldozers. Cause of the fire was undetermined.

At 3:36 p.m., Air 1 and Kula firefighters responded to a brush fire after a Kaupo resident saw smoke near Manawainui bridge on Piilani Highway, in Kahikinui. Firefighters arrived at 4:28 p.m. and found a 50 x 20 foot smoldering area mauka of Piilani highway. The fire was a rekindle from a previous brush fire in November 2015. The same spot experienced a rekindle on Feb. 9 of this year. The area appeared to have been smoldering underground for quite some time. The fire was called extinguished at 4:54 p.m.

At 4:09 p.m., firefighters doused a brush fire on Manele Road, about a mile above the Four Seasons Resort on Lanai. Fire crews found a 250 x 75 foot strip of grass burning next to the highway, and called it extinguished at 5:12 p.m. Cause of the fire was undetermined.

At 4:16 p.m., Lahaina firefighters responded to a brush fire on the 500 block of Wainee Street. On arrival, crews found that a neighbor had already knocked down the flames using a garden hose. A 20 x 20 foot area of grass burned in a vacant lot on Wainee Street. Cause of the fire was also undetermined.

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