UPDATE 7 p.m.: Crews call 80-acre Kihei fire 100 percent contained

Firefighters douse the perimeter of an 80-acre brush fire above Maui Meadows on Monday. The fire was 80 percent contained as of 2:30 p.m.
Helicopters make water drops on an 80-acre brush fire above Maui Meadows on Monday.
Onlookers watch as crews battle a brush fire above Maui Meadows on Monday.

Fire crews have declared an 80-acre brush fire north of Maui Meadows 100 percent contained as of sunset Monday, Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro said.

Yatsushiro said that the Fire Department, which battled two major fires totaling about 9,200 acres more than a week ago, was aided Monday by “light and variable winds” that kept the fire from growing out of control.

The fire was reported at 9:03 a.m. in an area of light brush and kiawe just north of the Maui Meadows subdivision in Kihei. Crews from three different stations responded, in addition to three helicopters, three emergency callback crews, a County Public Works dozer and several private dozers and tankers.

The department declared the fire 80 percent contained as of 2:30 p.m. Monday. By that time, dozers were cutting a control line around the fire’s perimeter while ground crews and air support doused hotspots and secured the perimeter. Crews were also burning and removing patches of brush that could become a threat to control lines.

No injuries or damages to structures were reported, and no evacuations were ordered. Yatsushiro said the fire was about a quarter-mile north of Maui Meadows.


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