S. Maui brush fire chars about 5 acres

Maui Fire Department trucks are lined up along Piilani Highway in Kihei on Saturday afternoon while firefighters battle a brush fire mauka of the highway near the Kaonoulu Street intersection. -- The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

Maui Fire Department trucks are lined up along Piilani Highway in Kihei on Saturday afternoon while firefighters battle a brush fire mauka of the highway near the Kaonoulu Street intersection. -- The Maui News / COLLEEN UECHI photo

A fire in Kihei burned up to 5 acres of brush before it was contained Saturday, a fire official said.

The fire was reported at 2:24 p.m. mauka of Piilani Highway near the Kaonoulu Street intersection, Fire Services Chief Edward Taomoto said. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 2:48 p.m. to find approximately one-half of an acre burning.

The blaze spread in the Wailea direction, scorching between 4 and 5 acres before it was contained at 3:37 p.m., he said.

Fire crews left the scene around 7:15 p.m. but planned to do checks throughout the night.

Crews from Kihei, Wailea and Kahului and two water tankers responded to the fire. The Fire Department’s Air One helicopter also assisted with water drops, Taomoto said.

The cause of the fire was undetermined.

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