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Fire burns 3 acres by Kapalua Airport

Firefighters extinguished a brush fire that burned about 3 acres near the tree line above Kapalua Airport on Sunday afternoon, a fire official said.

The fire was reported at 3:42 p.m., with Napili and Lahaina fire crews responding along with the Fire Department’s Air One helicopter and a battalion chief.

The helicopter arrived first and began dousing flames by dropping water from a nearby reservoir, said acting Fire Services Chief Jeffrey Giesea. He said ground crews found access challenging but were able to reach the fire using a mini-pumper from the Napili Fire Station.

Winds were blowing from the south at 5 mph, Giesea said.

The fire was extinguished at 6:58 p.m.

While crews fought the fire, a fire crew from Wailea was called in to cover any additional emergencies in West Maui.

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