Wailea brush fire 100 percent contained

The Maui News

A brush fire that burned 200 acres in Wailea was 100 percent contained Tuesday morning, officials said.

Firefighters were continuing to monitor hot spots in the fire, which was reported at 6:42 p.m. Sunday near 4050 Kalai Waa St. in Wailea.

Fire officials said “swirling winds” estimated at 15 to 20 mph created “very challenging” conditions before winds died at about 2 a.m. Monday.

No damage or injuries were reported.

Hotel Wailea guests and employees were evacuated from 11 p.m. Sunday to about 3 a.m. Monday, and up to 35 people sought shelter at an evacuation center at the Kihei Community Center.

Officials said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

It reportedly started near a Maui Electric Co. substation mauka of Kalai Waa Street on the edge of the undeveloped Honua`ula property.

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