WAILUKU — Hawaii emergency officials have ordered an evacuation on Maui due to a runaway brush fire.
The Maui News reports access in and out of Kihei on Maui was blocked as of 3:15 p.m. Thursday.
Officials say the fire started along Kuihelani Highway Thursday morning.
A Maui County official says an evacuation was ordered around 3 p.m. and a notice was sent to the cellphones of residents north of Ohukai Road and Maalaea.
The official says shelters were set to open at 3:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Gym and at 5 p.m. at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center for Maalaea evacuees.
The official says residents evacuating homes in north Kihei could go to a shelter at Kamalii Elementary School beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com