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County: South Maui Fire 60% Contained, Pu`unene Fire 35% Contained

The Maui Fire Department has made significant progress containing the South Maui fire, which was 60 percent contained as of sunset Friday.

The fire that began around Waiko Road has not grown from this morning and has burned a little more than 9,000 acres, according to preliminary GIS mapping.

Firefighters were concentrating on the perimeter of the fire, cutting firebreaks with bulldozers and dousing hot spots with water.

The Air Two and Three helicopters continued water drops until sundown.

The aircraft will be back fighting the fire at first light Saturday, along with on-duty and call-back firefighters.

The Department’s Air One helicopter was diverted to a second, separate fire that broke out around 1:30 p.m. Friday in the vicinity of Lowe’s and the new Safeway off of Hookele Street.

The new fire was estimated to have covered an estimated 200 acres, and it was 35 percent contained as of 5:45 p.m., fire officials said.

“We’re working on securing the perimeter,” said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro.

Two abandoned structures in the brush were destroyed, he said.

There were no other reports of structural damage or injuries.

Firefighters also were working on protecting Maui Electric Co. utility poles, he said.

Multiple MPD engine companies and tankers were deployed to the second fire, along with three state crash rescue units from Kahului Airport. Private contractors and County of Maui departments assisted with heavy equipment and tankers.

In addition, Maalaea residents are asked to please conserve water.

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