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Small Brush Fires Quickly Doused Along Mokulele

May 16, 2013, 3:31 PM HST
* Updated May 16, 3:34 PM
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Mokulele Highway median fire, May 16, 2013.  Photo courtesy Arnelle Diego.

Mokulele Highway median fire, May 16, 2013. Photo courtesy Arnelle Diego.

By Wendy Osher

Firefighters on Maui quickly doused a brush fire that burned two small areas of grass along the Mokulele Highway, officials confirmed.

The incident was reported at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, about a half-mile south of the Maui Human Society, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

According to FS Chief Mainaga, the incident included a 150-foot by 15-foot area in the median of the highway, and a second 100-foot by 5-foot area on the west side shoulder of the Kīhei bound lane.

“Fire crews quickly brought the fire under control and extinguished the fire by 1:48 p.m.,” said FS Chief Maingaga.

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The cause of the fires was undetermined and impacted traffic in the area for about a half-hour, authorities said.

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Units dispatched to the scene reportedly included the Maui Fire Department’s Engine-6, Engine -10, and Tanker-10.

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