270-acre Kihei fire contained, mop-up continues

2 fires in Waikapu area extinguished

A brush fire burns Monday morning at the end of Lipoa Street near Maui Brewing Co. and Kihei Charter School. MARGIE FLORES photo

The Maui News

A brush fire that burned about 270 acres in Kihei was contained Monday afternoon, while firefighters continued mopping up perimeter areas, the Maui Fire Department reported.

The fire, reported at 3:46 p.m. Sunday, burned an area mauka of Lipoa Parkway and Maui Brewing Co. It moved south and mauka, fanned by winds of 10 to 15 mph, according to a Maui County news release.

After the fire was determined to be contained at 3 p.m. Monday, firefighters reported hot spots where kiawe continued to burn in gulches and in other difficult-to-access terrain, the news release said.

“It could take days or weeks for the Kihei fire to be fully extinguished, even though it is 100 percent contained,” the news release said. It said people can expect to see burning areas, or “smokers,” which will be allowed to burn out deep within the containment area.

The Kihei fire was the largest of three fires reported Sunday afternoon.

Two other fires in Waikapu were extinguished Monday morning. One burned 5 acres off Waiko Road near the former Apana scrap yard and another burned 10 acres mauka of Honoapiilani Highway and along highway shoulders near the Kahili Golf Course.

Roads that were closed Sunday while firefighters battled the blazes reopened by Monday morning.

The county said there were no reports of injuries or damage to structures. The cause of the fires remained undetermined.