Olinda Brush Fire Burns Forest Area Near Bird Sanctuary

October 5, 2009, 9:59 AM HST · Updated October 5, 9:59 AM
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A six-acre brush fire in Olinda Friday is being attributed to a downed power line.  The incident was reported at 12:27 p.m. on Friday, October 2, 2009.  County officials say a large tree limb fell onto a power line, which then ignited grass along an access road in the area.

Photo Credit: Kenyon Smith.

Photo Credit: Kenyon Smith.

Maui Firefighter Troy Tendo fights a 6-acre brush fire in Olinda, sparked by downed power lines on Friday. (Click Image to Enlarge) Photo Credit: Kenyon Smith.

Maui Firefighter Troy Tendo fights a 6-acre brush fire in Olinda, sparked by downed power lines on Friday. (Click Image to Enlarge) Photo Credit: Kenyon Smith.

Strong, swirling winds, then pushed the fire through the forested area.  County Communications Director Mahina Martin issued a press release saying the fire was fueled by a thick layer of pine needles and other dead plant material covering the forest floor.

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The fire burned the forested area across from the Olinda Bird Sanctuary.

No homes were in danger and no injuries were reported.  The fire was extinguished at 7:30 p.m. that same night.

(Posted by Wendy Osher)

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