Update 5:51 p.m. Emergency Shelters will be opened at Maui High School and Princess Nahi’ena’ena Elementary school at 7:00 PM
Update 5:30 p.m. – Residents on Maalaea Bay Road are being evacuated due to the fire being near the road. Kings Cathedral also will be opening for food only (not as a shelter) at around 5:30 p.m. No shelters are currently open, though, EOC staff are coordinating with American Red Cross to have them in place.
UPDATE 4:30 p.m. 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.
UPDATE 2:30 p.m. – The Maui Fire Department is working to contain a brush fire in the Pali area.
Residents and visitors are asked to cancel plans going into Lahaina due to the fire causing closures of Honoapiilani Highway. Traffic traveling out of Lahaina and toward Kahului Airport has been allowed intermittently, based on conditions.
Those needing to reach the airport are encouraged to leave West Maui earlier. Visitors needing to catch their flight are asked to call their airlines in the case that the brush fire closes the highway for an extended period of time and they are unable to reach the airport.
All motorists are strongly advised to drive slowly and with caution in order to ensure the safety of fire and police personnel.
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.
Mayor Michael Victorino drove out to the Pali to survey the brush fire and support the Police and Fire Departments.
“I want to ask all of our visitors and residents to stay away from the Pali area and not to drive to the west side,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “Heavy smoke and strong winds are making visibility very difficult and the speed of the fire poses a serious safety hazard to the public. I will be doing everything I can to provide the support our first responders need and I’m very grateful for their efforts.”
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.
The County of Maui Emergency Operations Center is standing by in the event that the brush fire escalates.