Arson Suspected in 3 Unscheduled Cane Fires
By Wendy Osher
Arson is suspected in three cane fires reported overnight in Central Maui, fire officials said.
The fires, reported over a one hour, 15 minute time-span, appear to have been intentionally set, said Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The fires resulted in crop loss estimated at $45,000, with about 9 acres destroyed by the fires, said FS Chief Mainaga.
The fires included the following:
- 10:57 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Waikapū: The first fire was reported at 10:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, in Waikapū, off of the Honoapiʻilani Highway, just south of the Waikapū on 30 restaurant, fire officials said. It resulted in a crop loss of four acres before it was contained at 11:44 p.m., authorities said. According to fire department reports, units responding to the scene included Engine-1 and Mini-1 from Wailuku, and Engine-10 and Tanker-10 from Kahului.
- 11:50 p.m. Thursday, June 13, Pūlehu Road: The second fire was reported at 11:50 p.m. on the left side of Pūlehu Road about a mile above the landfill, FS Chief Mainaga said. An estimated one acre was lost before that fire was contained at 12:07 a.m., with Engine-10 and Tanker-10 from Kahului responding to the incident, officials said.
- 12:11 a.m. Friday, June 14, Kuihelani Highway: According to department reports, the third fire was reported at 12:11 a.m. on the south side of the Kuihelani Highway, about 200 yards east of the Maui Lani Parkway intersection. An estimated four acres were lost before the fire was contained at 1:50 a.m., with Engine-1 from Wailuku, as well as Hazmat-10, Relief Tanker-10, Engine-10, and Tanker-10 from Kahului responding to the incident, officials said.
Maui police reported at least one temporary partial road closure as a result of the fires. The Honoapiʻilani Highway was partially closed in Waikapū for about 45 minutes, beginning at 11:24 p.m. on Thursday.