Cause of Maalaea fire undetermined

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

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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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