2 Acres of Brush Scorched at Nākālalele

August 17, 2017, 7:51 AM HST · Updated August 17, 7:53 AM
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Maui fire crews doused a two acre brush fire on the mauka side of the highway in the Nākālele area of West Maui on Wednesday morning.

The incident was reported at around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 by passing tour helicopters who relayed the information to the control tower at Kapalua Airport.

When Nāpili firefighters arrived at 11:12 a.m., the found the fire burning an area brush about 100 yards in and across from the parking area to the Nākālele Blowhole.

Due to brisk tradewinds, the department’s Air-1 helicopter was dispatched to provide aerial water drops to prevent the fire from spreading upslope.

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Maui Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said the fire scorched around two acres of heavy brush before it was contained at 12:22 p.m. and called extinguished at 3 p.m.

The cause of the fire was undetermined. There were no injuries or structures threatened.

Firefighters from Nāpili were assisted by a water tanker crew from Lahaina.

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