200 acres scorched in unscheduled Maui cane fire

At 10:22 a.m. Thursday, firefighters responded to a brush fire reported on the west side of Haliimaile Town.

Makawao firefighters were on scene at 10:35 a.m. and found about 2 acres of sugar cane on fire. When Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar representatives arrived, they confirmed it was an unscheduled cane fire. Preliminary estimates are that 200 acres of sugar cane was lost to the blaze.

The fire was found burning next to Kaheka Road, which skirts around the west side of Haliimaile Town. While fighting the fire, crews discovered a burned out vehicle a short distance into the cane field near where the fire is believed to have started.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Heavy equipment and personnel from HC&S took over final extinguishing operations when fire crews left the scene at 4:15 p.m.

No structures were threatened. An HC&S water wagon rolled over while fighting the unscheduled cane fire. Fortunately, the driver did not suffer any injuries.

A battalion chief and water tanker from Kahului, and 2 helicopters assisted in the incident.

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