Runaway brush fire on Maui prompts order to evacuate

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

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.