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Brush fire leads to evacuations

Residents of about 30 homes in Haliimaile who were evacuated because of a large brush fire Friday afternoon were allowed to return home by evening with no damage reported, Maui fire officials said.

The brush fire, which was about 50 percent contained by Friday evening, burned about 20 acres, Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro said. Four engine companies, two emergency call back crews, two Fire Department and private tankers and three helicopters battled the fire.

Fire crews got the call at 3:35 p.m. When they arrived on scene, crews found a fire in heavy brush in an area difficult to access. Yatsushiro said. The fire ended up threatening homes along Aoiki and Leie streets on the edges of Haliimaile, which led to the evacuations.

Firefighters saved the homes and no damage was reported.

Fire crews were set to remain on scene through the night to secure the perimeter of the fire and mop up, said Yatsushiro. He did not offer a cause of the fire.

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