Two massive brushfires have almost entirely been contained in the south and central valley of Maui.
9,200 acres of land began burning on Thursday July 11th, now with only hot spots and flare ups needing attention. This fire moved through dry brush towards north Kihei, causing mandatory evacuations.
Another 200-acre fire began mid-day on Friday near the Safeway off Ho’okele Street. This Puunene fire is suspected as having been caused by arson.
In order to evacuate and allow locals to get home, Oprah Winfrey opened up her private road from Makena to Kula for county officials.
The Maui Humane Society was at risk due to it’s central location. The animals were all evacuated, and fortunately, the building was saved.
Air quality has improved, and all roads are now open again and temporary shelters closed. We’re thrilled to hear there have been no reported injuries or major damage to property.