The Maui Fire Department has deployed 23 firefighters on the ground with engines and tankers to battle a Maui wildfire that has blackened more than 9,000 acres of fallow former sugar cane lands and brush, with the fire reported 20 percent contained as of 9:30 a.m.
Mayor Michael Victorino reminded residents and visitors that conditions may worsen at any time and to stay vigilant and prepared. All roads were open this morning, and all emergency shelters had closed. War Memorial Gymnasium and Kamali`I Elementary School were on standby to reopen, if needed.
Winds were forecast to increase between 10 and 11 a.m. today, with temperatures rising above 90 degrees. The fire expected to east-southeast direction and uphill. Firefighters will focus their efforts on stopping the fire’s spread.
The Fire Department’s Air One, Two and Three were airborne this morning, making water drops, and the National Guard is assisting firefighting personnel with a Chinook helicopter to assist in work to douse the flames.