Brush Fire near Lahainaluna Rd Contained: 30 Acres Burned

October 28, 2009, 4:26 PM HST · Updated October 28, 9:42 PM
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A brush fire in Lahaina burned 30 acres before being contained at around 6 p.m. Wednesday night (October 28, 2009).

The fire was first reported at 1:48 p.m. in an area off of Lahainaluna Road.  Nearly 30 firefighters responded to the incident along with the county’s Air One helicopter that was on hand to conduct water drops.  The effort also included heavy equipment and water tankers from the County Department of Public Works, Goodfellow Bros., and West Maui Land Company.

The County of Maui closed the Lahaina Aquatic Center as a precautionary measure, and the pool was utilized by Air One as a source of water as it conducted water drops throughout the afternoon.

At 3:20 p.m., police closed a portion of Lahinaluna Road between Kalena and Kuialua Streets.  The road was reopened by police by 4:13 p.m.

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“We’re fortunate that the winds were light today,” said Battalion Chief Kimo Kino.  “Our personnel will patrol and monitor the area tonight and mop-up operations will continue through the evening,” he said.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

(Posted by Wendy Osher; Information provided by the County of Maui)

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