Fire crews battle three brush fires

No homes threatened or evacuations ordered

An Air One pilot flies over Kihei Charter High School after refilling his water bucket. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

The Maui News

Maui firefighters battled three brush fires ranging from 5 to 80 acres on Sunday afternoon.

The largest fire, reported at 3:46 p.m., had burned 80 acres in Kihei, mauka of Lipoa Parkway and Maui Brewing Co., according to the county. Burned brush could be seen within about 500 feet of Maui Brewing Co. and about 200 feet of Kihei Charter School. As of 8 p.m. Sunday, the fire was 20 percent contained, according to the county. It was moving south and mauka with winds blowing 10 to 15 mph. 

A second fire was reported at 4:41 p.m. in Waikapu on the mauka side of the intersection of Honoapiilani Highway and the Kahili Golf Course. It had burned 10 acres and was 80 percent contained as of 8 p.m. Sunday.

The third fire was reported at 4:48 p.m. Sunday off of Waiko Road and the Apana scrap yard. As of 8 p.m., the 5-acre fire was 100 percent contained. 

Maui Police Dept. Sgt. Emily Kibby reports on Sunday afternoon’s fire in Kihei while stationed next to the Kihei Charter High School.

No homes were immediately threatened by any of the fires and no evacuations had been ordered as of Sunday night. 

The Maui Emergency Management Agency partially activated its operations center Sunday evening, the county said. 

The fires caused closures along Waiko Road at Waiale Road, Manea Street and Kuihelani Highway, as well as along Honoapiilani Highway from Kuihelani Highway to the Maui Tropical Plantation. As of 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Waiko Road had reopened, but Honoapiilani Highway remained closed.

Flames leap into the air by a Kihei construction site next to the Maui Brewing Co. building on Lipoa Street.