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7-Acre brush fire burns in Waiehu area

LENIE LAWRENCE photos

First photo: A helicopter makes a water drop on a 7-acre brush fire burning in the Waiehu area on Wednesday afternoon. The fire was reported at 3 p.m. along Kahekili Highway between Waiehu Beach Road and Makaala Drive, according to the Maui Fire Department. Crews were working to contain the fire in heavy brush on the mauka side of the highway, using dozers to cut a break around the perimeter. It was 50 percent contained as of 7:45 p.m. Second photo: Smoke rises from a brush fire burning in the Waiehu area. The Fire Department said conditions were gusty, with winds of about 20 mph. No structures were threatened. The cause was unknown. Third photo: The Fire Department’s Air One and Air Two helicopters responded to the blaze along with two engines, a hazmat crew, rescue crew, two tankers, a battalion chief, a Maui County tanker and two private dozers.

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