Maui firefighters battled brush fire above Maalaea Harbor

Photo: Carol VanHorn

The Maui Fire Dept. reports Saturday that the Maalaea brushfire that burned 200 acres since it began on Thursday afternoon was called extinguished at 9:10 a.m.

The fire is believed to have started on the mauka side of Honoapiilani Highway, about a quarter mile south of Maalaea Harbor, near mile marker 7.

The call came in just before 2 p.m. Thursday. Firefighters arrived to find 10 acres ablaze. Officials say the fire has since grown to 80 acres.

Due to its location, the fire was only accessible by air, and two helicopters conducted water drops.

On Friday, the fire department’s Air 1 helicopter doused hot spots around the perimeter. There were still some smoldering areas of tree logs well within the burned-out areas that are far enough away from the perimeter’s edge.

Those areas were allowed to burn itself out since they do not pose any threat. Most of the area was inaccessible by vehicles and difficult to reach on foot, so the department’s main concern made sure that everything in the first 50 feet from the fire’s perimeter was completely out.

There was one flare up at 10:30 a.m. Friday, which temporarily closed Honoapiilani Highway near mile marker 7, because of smoke crossing the road and creating a hazard to motorists. A section of unburned brush near the roadway caused the traffic shut down.

The cause of the fire could not be determined.

Video provided by Mia Louis.

Photo: Carol VanHorn
Photo: Carol VanHorn

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