Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Fire rages on Maui

Aerial view of Maui coast Maui fire latest news: Hawaii wildfire forces evacuations in Maalaea and Kihei today - Live updates
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2019, 13:09

"So many mahalos to our Maui community for stepping right up when we needed you most!" The size of the fire is now 10,000 acres, up from the 3,000 estimate on Thursday.

A detailed map of where the fire has spread is available here.

Evacuation orders have since been lifted, according to Hawaii News Now, though Victorino has warned residents to stay on high alert.

"Once it gets dark, and we haven't been able to contain this fire, we're in trouble".

You can see an interactive map below.

"If you need to evacuate please be aware of what's going on around you". If you go to the full map, you can also change the imagery to a navigation map view if you prefer. The fire prompted thousands of residents and visitors in the communities of Maalaea and Kihei to flee as a precaution. Because winds are forecast to increase, this could make fire protection more hard at times.

The blaze began in the island's central valley, and steady winds of up to 20 miles per hour (30 kmh) stoked the flames, officials said.

A brush fire has prompted thousands of evacuations and diverted some flights on the Hawaii island of Maui, officials said Thursday.

Hi there Jack, Access to the road was given to county officials immediately.

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For updates, 808-270-7285. If you hear a recording, you can dial extension 7285 for the Emergency Operations Center. The War Memorial Gymnasium and one at Kamalii Elementary School may reopen depending on conditions, he said.

Oprah has a home in the county, and tweeted a local resident to confirm that she's given officials fighting the fire access to her private road.

No structures have been destroyed so far, although county officials noted that some farm equipment had burned.

A thick plume of smoke hovers over a wildfire next to a road in Maui.

Governor David Ige tweeted his thanks to Oprah for her generosity in opening the road. Maui Electric is asking customers to conserve power between 5 p.m.to 9 p.m. on Friday as crews work on a damaged transmission line and prevent a power outage. No injuries had been reported, either.

The Kaiser Permanente Clinic in Kihei was to close Friday due to the brush fire.

Much of the area burning in Kihei is unoccupied.

There were also concerns about the safety of hundreds of dogs, cats and other animals threatened by the blaze, with the the Maui Humane Society rescuing several hundred of them.