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Honoapi‘ilani OPEN, Intermittent Closures Possible Overnight Due to Fire

October 3, 2019, 12:22 AM HST
* Updated October 7, 7:10 AM
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Update: 12:21 p.m. 10.3.19

The Honoapiʻilani Highway is now OPEN in both directions in the area of the “Pali.” Intermittent closures are possible overnight as crews continue to battle a large brush fire in the West Maui Mountains.

Police advise that the fire is still burning however it is not threatening the roadway at this time. Motorists are reminded to follow the instructions of officers.

The fire burned an estimated 4,100 acres since it started at around 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.

Fire personnel continue to monitor the fire throughout tonight and into Thursday morning.

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Emergency shelters remain open at Princess Nahiʻenaʻena Elementary School in Lahaina and Maui High School.

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Update: 12:14 p.m. 10.3.19

Kahekili Highway (the back road through Kahakuloa) is now open in both directions.  Traffic on the Waiheʻe side of the roadway is being re-routed back through Waiheʻe, according to Maui police.

Update: 11:48 p.m. 10.2.19

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Maui police are preparing to reopen the Honoapiʻilani Highway in both directions. Motorists are reminded that road conditions and closures may change immediately and without warning, and intermittent closures are possible as crews continue to battle a large brush fire in the West Maui Mountains.

Police advise that the fire is still burning however it is not threatening the roadway at this time. Motorists are reminded to follow the instructions of officers.

The fire burned an estimated 4,100 acres since it started at around 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.

Fire personnel continue to monitor the fire throughout tonight and into Thursday morning.

Emergency shelters remain open at Princess Nahiʻenaʻena Elementary School in Lahaina and Maui High School.

Slopes of the West Maui mountains above Maʻalaea blackened from todayʻs ongoing fire. Photo: ʻAʻaliʻi Dukelow.

Traffic backed up along Kuihelani Highway in the westbound direction as fire crews battle the brush fire. Photo: ʻAʻaliʻi Dukelow.

Fire near Lahaina Pali Trail. 10.2.19. PC: Maui Fire Department

Maui Police Close Down Honoapi’ilani Highway at Maalaea Due to Pali Brush Fire – Photo Credit Ryan Piros

 

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