Wailuku Fire Burns 17 Acres, Now 100% Contained, Results in Piʻihana Evacuations
* Updated September 8, 7:45 PM
Wailuku Fire Burns 17 Acres, Now 100% Contained
(Update: 8:49 p.m., Sept. 7, 2021)
A brush fire in the Piʻihana Road area that began on Tuesday afternoon, has burned 17 acres, and was declared 100% contained by 6:17 p.m.
Maui police closed Kahekili Highway and Piʻihana Road, as well as several residential surface streets in the area to allow crews to work safely.
Homes along Piʻihana Road were evacuated earlier in the day as a precaution. All evacuations have since been lifted.
Mop-up operations are ongoing.
Multiple fire units responded to the scene including: Engine 1 (Wailuku), Engine 10, Hazmat 10, Tanker 10 (Kahului), Engine 14, Tanker 14 (Wailea), Engine 5 (Makawao), Air 1 and Air 2 helicopters, Battalion Chief 4, Assistant Chief of Operations, multiple MFD emergency recall personnel and relief apparatus, as well as health and safety support personnel and a fire investigator.
Fire officials say there were no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Kahekili Hwy still Closed
(Update: 7:13 p.m. Sept. 7, 2021)
Kahekili Highway is still closed between Piʻihana Road and Kamaile Street. Piʻihana Road is still closed.
Evacuations Conducted as a Precaution on Piʻihana Rd
(Update: 4:12 p.m. Sept. 7, 2021)
Multiple residences along Piʻihana Road have been evacuated as a precaution.
Maui fire crews continue to actively battle the blaze, which has already forced the closure of Kahekili Highway in both directions between Piʻihana Road and Waiehu Beach Road.
The fire was first reported at around 3 p.m. near the 1500 block of Piʻihana Road.
Multiple ground units and an air crew are on scene including: Engine 1, Engine 5, Engine 10, Engine 14, Hazmat 10, Tanker 10, Tanker 14, Relief Tanker 10, Air 1, Battalion Chief 4.
Fire crews are currently attempting to control the blaze. Conditions on scene include trades blowing at 10-15 mph.
Piʻihana Fire Results in Kahekili Hwy Closure:
(Update: 3:23 p.m., Sept. 7, 2021)
Kahekili Highway is closed in both directions between Piʻihana Road and Waiehu Beach Road due to an active brush fire. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.
Maui Fire Crews Respond to Fire in Wailuku
(3:10 p.m., Sept. 7, 2021)
Maui Fire crews are responding to a report of a brush fire in the area of Piʻihana Road in Wailuku. Police say Kahekili Highway is also closed in both directions between Puʻuohala Road and Kamaile Street due to a brush fire.
*This post will be updated as more information becomes available.