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Cause of Maalaea fire undetermined

June 21, 2010, 3:36 PM HST
* Updated December 9, 2:07 PM

An investigation into the cause of the Maalaea fire earlier this month that burned an estimated 6,200 acres is now complete.  The investigation has resulted in a classification of the event cause as “undetermined”.

Maalaea fire. File photo 6/10/10 by Wendy Osher.

The fire was first reported at around 10 p.m. on Monday, June 7th and was burning about quarter-mile mauka of Honoapiilani Highway in Maalaea near an area known locally as the “utility road”.  A large flare up of the fire was reported on June 10th approximately a quarter-mile above the Kamehameha Golf Course club house.  The fire was extinguished on June 14, 2010.

The brush fire resulted in the temporary closure of the Honoapiilani Highway and the evacuation of 100 people from nearby areas including Maalaea, the Kaheawa wind farm and shoreline campers.

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