Hawaii police arrest man in connection with $400K wildfire

WAILUKU — Hawaii police have arrested a man they say may have been responsible for a wildfire that cost Maui County up to $400,000.

The Maui News reported Wednesday that 28-year-old Holden Bingham was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree arson and unauthorized control of a propelled motor vehicle.

Police say Bingham was released on those charges pending further investigation but is being held on unrelated arrest warrants.

The newspaper also reported Wednesday that officials say the fire is completely contained but burned 14 square miles (36 square kilometers).

Officials say the fire across Central Maui and north Kihei beginning Thursday morning burned land mostly owned by farming company Mahi Pono.

Officials say a second fire in the Kahului area beginning Friday burned less than a square mile (0.8 square kilometers).

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Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com

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