Two massive brushfires have almost entirely been contained in the south and central valley of Maui.

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Maui fires photo by Stu Solely

 

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.

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Puunene Brush Fire photo by Karma Hill

 

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.

Puunene Fire

Kahului Airport photo by Fly Maui Hi

 

In order to evacuate and allow locals to get home, Oprah Winfrey opened up her private road from Makena to Kula for county officials.

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Central Maui fire photo by Karma Hill

 

The Maui Humane Society was at risk due to it’s central location. The animals were all evacuated, and fortunately, the building was saved.

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Central Maui fire photo by Fly Maui HI

 

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.

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Maui Fire photos by Stu Solely

 

Learn more about how much often Maui has fires.

 

Thank you to Karma Hill, Fly Maui Hi, and Stu Solely for the powerful images.

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