Maui Fire Department contains second fire in Wailuku area

Maalaea Brush Fire (10.2.2019) (Photo: Ryan Piros)

UPDATE 6:00 p.m. – The Maui Fire Department has contained a second fire in the Wailuku area that burned approximately 4 acres.

Engine 10, Hazmat 10 and Tanker 10 responded to the fire reported at around 4:53 p.m. near Waiinu Road. Firefighters are mopping up the area and the Maui Police Department has asked motorists to avoid the area.

Emergency shelters scheduled to open:

  • 6:30 p.m. at Velma McWayne Community Center (Wailuku Community Center) Please note that this is serving as a temporary shelter from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 7:00 p.m. at Princess Nahienaena Elementary School in Lahaina
  • 7:00 p.m. at Maui High School

These are evacuation shelters to provide respite only. There will be no supplies or sleeping accommodations. If you are seeking shelter tonight, you are advised to bring your own water and food, and any bedding if possible.

Kings Cathedral has opened for food only (not as a shelter). 

Firefighters continue to work to contain the Maalaea Mauka brush fire that spread across the Pali. The fire is just over 4,000 acres in size and has reached the Papalaua Wayside Park. 

The Maui Police Department has already evacuated residents on Maalaea Bay Road. The County of Maui Emergency Operations Center has partially been activated. 

ROAD CLOSURES: (Please be advised that road conditions and closures may change immediately and without warning due to weather conditions)

  • Honoapiilani Hwy. (30) at N. Kihei Rd.
  • Honoapiilani Hwy (30) at Mp. 13.5, Luawai St., in Olowalu
  • Still have units posted at Mile Post 7 in Kahakuloa and Nakalele Point. That location only is alternating traffic every half an hour.
  • Pali is still a complete shutdown.

 Please be advised that road conditions and closures may change immediately and without warning due to weather conditions. To sign up for Road Closure Notifications, please visit https://www.mauicounty.gov/643/Road-Closure-Notifications

Fire personnel responded to the brush fire around 9:10 a.m. on the upper slopes of the mountain in the vicinity of the North Kihei Road and Honoapiilani Highway intersection. Due to the extremely steep terrain, access to this fire is limited. Air 1, 2, 3 and 4 are making water drops and the fire is currently making its way toward the highway along the Pali. 

As of 1 p.m., the fire is currently not contained and approximately 375 acres in size. 

Also responding to the fire are Tanker 3, Tanker 10, Tanker 14, a relief Tanker, Engine 1, Engine 3, Engine 6, Firing Crew and 2 Battalion Chiefs. Kaheawa Wind Farm employees have already been evacuated. Checks have also been made to evacuate any hikers that may be on the Pali hiking trail.

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