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Flare up of Kauaʻula fire burns in hills above Launiupoko

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Launiupoko fire from Komo Mai St. in Lahaina at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022. PC: Amy Kurisko Chadwick

Update: 8 a.m., Nov. 21, 2022

Fire crews battled a flare-up of a wildfire in West Maui overnight in the area above Launiupoko.  The flare-up was reported shortly before 6 p.m.  The American Red Cross Maui chapter temporarily opened a shelter at around 8:30 p.m., but closed it less than two hours later due to word of positive containment efforts. Earlier in the evening fire officials said the flare-up was fueled by strong winds.

Update: 10:16 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022

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As of 10:16 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, the American Red Cross has closed the emergency shelter that opened earlier in the evening at King Kamehameha III Elementary School. According to a Red Cross press release, the fire has been determined to be under control, and organization volunteers are on standby should any further action be needed. The shelter closed with no population.

Update: 8:58 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022

As of 8:25 p.m., volunteers with the American Red Cross have opened a shelter at King Kamehameha III Elementary School, located at 611 Front St. in Lahaina. This in response to the flare up of a wildfire above Launiupoko. Those coming to the shelter are advised to bring essentials such as medicine, important documentation and personal protective equipment like masks and sanitizer. 

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Update: 8:24 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022

A flare up of the Kauaʻula fire has kicked up and grown considerably due to very strong winds in the area.  The Maui Fire Department will have several crews on scene throughout the night working on containment.  While no evacuations are being ordered at this time, residents in the area of the Launiupoko subdivision are being asked to remain alert and prepare for possible evacuation if the need arises.  

  • Launiupoko fire from Komo Mai St. in Lahaina at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022. PC: Amy Kurisko Chadwick
  • Brush fire in the hills above Launiupoko. 6:34 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022. PC: Janese Swanson
  • Brush fire in the hills above Launiupoko. 5:57 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022. PC: courtesy.
  • Brush fire in the hills above Launiupoko. 5:57 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022. PC: courtesy.
  • Brush fire in the hills above Launiupoko. 5:57 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022. PC: courtesy.
  • Brush fire in the hills above Launiupoko. 5:45 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022. PC: Laurie Honkola

Previous post: 6:08 p.m., Nov. 20, 2022

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Maui fire crews are on the scene of a brush fire in the hills above Launiupoko. Area residents report that the fire appeared to have started sometime before 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022.

It is unclear if this is a new fire, or a flare up from the large wildfire reported earlier this month.

A helicopter was conducting water drops before nightfall. Ground crews are also on scene.

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