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UPDATE: Kapalua Fire 90% Contained

September 26, 2011, 9:47 PM HST
* Updated September 27, 8:45 AM
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By Wendy Osher

The fire is located mauka of the Kapalua Airport on state forestry land. File photo by Wendy Osher.

A fire in the forestry area above Kapalua on Maui was 90% contained by nightfall on Monday, but fire officials say it is not considered under control.

The assessment was made at 6:40 p.m. as ground crews continued to battle hot spots within the fire perimeter.

Crews will continue to monitor the blaze overnight with a helicopter to return for water drops at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

The air support tomorrow will be assisted by ground crews from Engine 3, Engine 11, a Wildland team, and crews from the Department of Forestry and Wildlife.

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The blaze was reported at around 1 a.m. on Monday morning, September 26, 2011 in the forestry area mauka of the Kapalua Airport.

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The remote terrain made ground accessibility difficult in day one of firefighting operations, and air crews were called in to assist.

The initial size estimate of the blaze was around 5 to 10 acres.

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