LAUNIUPOKO - Maui firefighters were battling a brush fire Monday afternoon that a commander said was believed to have been sparked by accidentally downed power lines.
No injuries were reported, and no homes were damaged in the fire that consumed about 2 acres of dry brush, said Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.
The fire was about a quarter-mile mauka of Honoapiilani Highway and near a housing subdivision. Kai Hele Ku Street was closed while firefighters responded to the blaze, but no homes were evacuated, Mainaga said.
The blaze started after a repair truck passed under some wires and its boom accidentally knocked down a few Maui Electric Co. power lines and overturned, Mainaga said.
The fire was reported at 3:28 p.m., and firefighters said it was under control by 4:13 p.m. It was contained about an hour later, Mainaga said.
Firefighters remained on the scene to mop up and ensure there were no hot spots.
Six fire trucks and personnel units responded to the blaze, including the department's Air One helicopter, Mainaga said.