In this Oct. 2, 2109 photo a helicopter pilot drops a load of water on a wildfire high in the West Maui Mountains above Maalaea on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Thousands of acres of brush burned and blocked off the main access road between the resorts on the west side of the island and Central Maui where Kahului Airport is located. (Matthew Thayer/The News via AP)
In this Oct. 2, 2109 photo, a wildfire above Maalaea blackened the slopes of the West Maui Mountains on the island of Maui, Hawaii . Parched conditions and whipping winds fueled the fast-moving blaze, which started high on the mountain and closed Honoapiilani Highway on the pali. The fire had burned 4,100 acres by nightfall. (Matthew Thayer/The News via AP)
LAHAINA Nearly 500 people took shelter after strong winds fueled a fast-moving brush fire in the steep mountains above the Maui community of Maalaea.