Fire crews busy with two brush fires

Two brush fires less than 2 miles apart in Central Maui kept firefighters busy Tuesday.

At about 11:45 a.m., firefighters received a call of a brush fire in a kiawe stand off Waiinu Road, across from Maui Memorial Park in Kahului, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. Crews from Wailuku and Kahului and the Air One chopper responded to the blaze.

About 1.5 acres of kiawe trees and dry brush burned in the fire, which closed Waiinu Road from about 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., public safety officials said.

The fire was under control at 12:15 p.m., said Mainaga.

As firefighters mopped up, they received another brush fire call at about 4 p.m. Wailuku and Kahului crews responded to Leleihoku Street, where a fire burned behind Baldwin High School, Mainaga said.

About 1 acre of dry grass burned. The fire was declared under control at 4:26 p.m. and extinguished at 4:55 p.m.

Crews then returned to the Waiinu Road fire to complete mop-up operations.

There was no damage or injuries in either fire, Mainaga said.

The cause of the Waiinu Road fire was called undetermined after an investigation. An investigation was ongoing for the fire near Baldwin High, he said.