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Vehicle Fire Burns an Acre of Brush in Olowalu

March 19, 2013, 8:39 PM HST
* Updated March 19, 9:00 PM
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File photo by Wendy Osher.

File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

A vehicle fire is believed to have sparked a one-acre brush fire reported on Tuesday afternoon, March 19, in Olowalu on Maui, fire officials said.

The fire was reported at 5:05 p.m. about a quarter mile above the Olowalu General Store, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Among the units dispatched to the scene were engine crews from Lahaina, Napili, and Wailuku, along with Tanker 10 from Kahului.  A tanker from West Maui Land also assisted with the fire fighting operation, authorities said.

The fire was called contained at 5:49 p.m., and was extinguished at 7:30 p.m., officials said.

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According to Chief Mainaga, a vehicle was apparently set on fire which in turn started the brush fire.

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No damages or injuries were reported.

The incident remains under investigation by Maui Police.

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