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Brush Fire Temporarily Blocks Access to Waiinu Road

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Waiinu fire.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waiinu fire. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waiinu fire.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waiinu fire. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waiinu fire.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waiinu fire. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waiinu fire.  Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waiinu fire. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waiinu fire. Photo by Wendy Osher.

Waiinu fire. Photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

(Update: 9:35 a.m. 7/10/13; 5:18 p.m. 7/9/13)

Maui fire officials say the cause of a brush fire on Waiinu Road in Wailuku on Tuesday, July 9, was undetermined after investigation.

Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the brush fire was first reported at 11:42 a.m., and burned approximately 1.5 acres of kiawe trees and dry brush.

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The fire was brought under control at 12:15 p.m., but crews returned to the scene to conduct mop-up operations after battling a 1-acre fire off of Leleihoku Street near Baldwin High School, said FS Chief Maianaga.

The fire was called extinguished at 9:22 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, fire officials said.

Crews responding to the Waiinu Road fire included personnel from Wailuku and Kahului, along with the department’s Air-1 helicopter, authorities said.

Officials say no damages or injuries were reported.

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(Update: 2:47 p.m., 1:44 p.m. 7/9/13)

Multiple crews responded to a brush fire off of Waiinu Road in Wailuku on Tuesday afternoon, July 9, 2013.

The fire was located just down the hill and across the street from the Maui Memorial Park.

Maui police closed Waiinu Road between Waiʻale Road and Maui Lani Parkway from around 11:46 a.m., according to the County of Maui.

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An hour later, the fire appeared to be out, but fire and police personnel remained on scene.

The road was reopened at 2:42 p.m., according to a notification from the County of Maui.

***Please check back for more information, which will be posted when it becomes available. 

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