Happy Valley fire now 60 percent contained

July 12, 2010, 9:17 PM HST · Updated July 13, 7:17 AM
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(Updated 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 12, 2010)

The Happy Valley fire that was sparked by fireworks Sunday night is now 60 percent contained. After 22 hours of firefighting efforts focused on the Mokuhau area where the blaze began, officials from the Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety say they were able to reach 60% containment at around 6 o’clock this evening.

A flare-up builds shortly after 3 pm. The building to the right is One Main Plaza on High Street. Photo courtesy County of Maui.

The brush fire burned an estimated 24 acres since it was first reported at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 11. Crews say the blaze came within 10 feet of some homes with towering flames, but crews were able to prevent loss of life and property in the densely populated subdivision. A single pet coup, first reported as a storage shed, was burned in the fire, but no homes were damaged at last report.

County Communications Director, Mahina Martin said personnel from two fire companies plan to remain on scene tonight to monitor the area for flare ups.

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“We’re very fortunate that this fire did not harm nearby residents as it grew in size and danger so quickly in its early stages,” said Mayor Charmaine Tavares. “I applaud our firefighters for what they’ve done to fight this fire and keep people safe.”

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(Posted by Wendy Osher; supporting information, courtesy County of Maui)

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