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Kīhei fire extinguished, no structures damaged

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  • Kīhei fire (11.14.23) PC: Steve Goldsmith
  • Kīhei fire (11.14.23) PC: Steve Goldsmith
  • Kīhei fire. PC: Maui Fire Department (11.14.23)
  • Kīhei fire. PC: Maui Fire Department (11.14.23)

Update: (4:09 p.m.)

Maui fire crews quickly worked to knock down flames at a brush fire reported in an empty lot in Kīhei on Tuesday afternoon. The fire was reported at 12:11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, along South Kīhei Road near the Walaka Street intersection.

Crews arrived on scene to find a working brush fire and were able to gain 100% containment by 1 p.m., and extinguished the fire by 1:37 p.m., according to department reports.

The fire burned approximately 1 acre of brush and resulted in precautionary evacuations for residents of the Wailea Inn and the Iliili Apartments. Area roads, including a portion of South Kīhei Road, were temporarily closed during the response.


Crews responding to the scene included: Engine 6, Engine 14, Tanker 14, Relief Engine 10 and Relief Tanker 10.

No damages were reported.

Update: (1:47 p.m.)

Fire has been called extinguished and South Kīhei Road is open.  Residents that left the area may return.


Update: (1:04 p.m.)

A fire reported in Kīhei near the Wailea Inn is now contained and crews are currently conducting mop up operations.

Residents who left the Wailea Inn and Iliili Apartments during a precautionary evacuation are welcome to remain at the Kīhei Community Center as MFD extinguishes all hot spots.

No structures were damaged.


On the roadways, South Kīhei Road is currently limited to one lane of contra flowed traffic. Motorists are urged to use caution in the area and to drive carefully. If possible avoid the area for now.

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Update: (12:30 p.m.)

MFD reports brush fire in Kīhei near the Wailea Inn. Occupants of the Wailea Inn and Iliili Apartments are being directed to evacuate as a precaution. Units are on scene and fighting the fire. Persons evacuating the Wailea Inn and Iliili Apartments are directed to go to the Kīhei community center as a refuge site. More information to follow.

On the roadways, Walaka Street to Auhana Street is closed in Kīhei.

Wendy Osher
Wendy Osher leads the Maui Now news team. She is also the news voice of parent company, Pacific Media Group, having served more than 20 years as News Director for the company’s six Maui radio stations.
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