A fire is burning in Maui and it has lead to evacuations at the Kapalua Airport and in other regions. Here are the details about current evacuations, the fire’s location and size, and how to stay updated. Residents should stay tuned to their local news for evacuation updates and details, as fire information can change rapidly.
Brush Fire’s Size & Location
The fire was already three acres in size when it was first reported and as of 5 p.m. it had grown to 964 acres, Maui Now reported. The fire has grown quickly in part because of high winds in the area and dry conditions.
The Kapalua Airport was evacuated and closed because of the fire. Flights were diverted to the Kahului Airport. The Hawaii Department of Transportation said in a statement: “Airport operations are temporarily suspended. Power lines have been damaged in the fire. Continue to check with your carrier for flight updates. More information to come.”
The Kapalua Airport was the first region evacuated, but now more have followed.
Evacuation Details & Road Closures
The Kapalua Airport was the first region evacuated, but the fire has since grown. The County of Maui shared on Facebook that residences “at the top of Kaka’alaneo Drive in Kahana” are also being evacuated.
Residences ” at the top of Ala Hoku Place are also being evacuated at this time,” the County of Maui noted.
In addition, Akahele Street that leads to Kapalua Airport is closed, since the fire has reached the airport. Drivers are asked to avoid the area.
Maui Now noted that Kahana Ridge, the ALa Hoku subdivision, and Mahinahina Street are being evacuated.
The northbound lane of Honoapiilani Highway is closed at Lower Honoapiilani Highway, Hawaii DOT noted.
An emergency shelter has been set up at Lahaina Civic Center Social Hall, but there were no sleeping accommodations there as of 5:30 p.m., Maui Now noted. The shelter is pet-friendly, but pets must be created and have a halter or collar and leash, and owners must bring pet food and water.
How To Get Emergency Updates
At this time, the County of Maui’s Facebook page is the best source for updates. We will add an emergency number and more details when those are available.
Hawaii DOT on Twitter is a good source for road closure updates.
A lot of smoke is in the area from the fires, residents have said.
They say the smoke can be seen from the airport to the ocean.
Photos of the Fire
Here are some photos of the fire shared by people in the area.
Another photo of the smoke from the fire:
The smoke can be seen from a long distance away.
A Major Maui Fire Happened in July
The last major Maui fire was in July. That brush fire grew to 10,000 acres and had flareups in nearby locations, including near a new Safeway and the Sugar Cane Museum. The fire was near Kihei and a number of people were evacuated at the time, with shelters opened.
Oprah Winfrey opened access to a road on her property to help with evacuations for the July fire.
Governor David Ige tweeted his thanks to Oprah for her generosity in opening the road. He wrote: “A big mahalo to @Oprah for giving @mauicounty access to your private road for use to assist in the #Mauifire.”
That fire was so bad that Ige had to declare a state of emergency for the County of Maui. The Maui Raceway Park was among the locations damaged by the July fire.