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UPDATE: Fire Crews Battle Blaze Near N. Kihei Rd/Honoapiilani Highway

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Updated at 1:25 p.m.

As of 1 p.m., the Maui Fire Department continues to work towards containment of a fire that broke out on the upper slopes of the mountain in the vicinity of the N. Kihei Road and Honoapiilani Highway intersection. 

According to fire officials, at about 12:45 p.m. Honoapiilani Highway was closed from Kapoli Street in Maalaea to the Lahaina Pali Trail parking lot in Ukumehame.

The blaze has burned approximately 375 acres as of 1 p.m.

The fire is currently making its way towards the highway along the Pali, per MFD.

Kaheawa Wind Farm employees have been evacuated.

Original story published at 10:16 a.m.

The Maui Fire Department is currently battling a brush fire on the upper slopes of the mountain in the vicinity of the N. Kihei Rd and Honoapiilani Highway intersection. 

MFD officials say that due to the extremely steep terrain, access to this fire is limited.  Engine 1 is attempting to make access to this fire, while Air 1 is currently making water drops. A second helicopter has been dispatched for air support as well. 

Department of Land and Natural Resource Forestry personnel are also on scene to assist with firefighting efforts. 

At last report, the fire was approximately 5 acres and spreading uphill and towards the windmills, per officials.

Kaheawa Windfarm personnel are currently being notified to evacuate.  Checks are also being made to evacuate any hikers that may be on the Pali hiking trail.

Additional information will be provided as is becomes available.



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