Olowalu fire burns 25 acres

An early morning brush fire Friday scorched about 25 acres in Olowalu and closed a portion of Honoapiilani Highway for around three hours while crews battled the blaze. — Maui Fire Department photo

An early morning brush fire Friday in Olowalu scorched around 25 acres, the Fire Department said.

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, the fire was considered 100 percent contained, said Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro. Crews worked throughout the day to secure the perimeter and cool down stubborn hot spots, he added.

Personnel will continue mop-up operations and monitor the fire area through the night, he said.

The fire broke out around 2:56 a.m. Friday in the area of Luawai Street in Olowalu, fire officials said. Maui police worked on evacuating homeless camps in the area early Friday morning.

No injuries have been reported.

A portion of Honoapiilani Highway between Mile Markers 13 and 14 were closed from around 3 to 6 a.m. Friday, because of the fire on the mauka side of the highway, according to a Maui Police Department Facebook post.

Multiple engine crews, tankers, the Air One helicopter, along with heavy equipment from West Maui Land Co., responded to the blaze.


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