200 Acres Burned in Hāli‘imaile Brush Fire, 30% Contained: Haleakalā Hwy CLOSED
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(Update: 2:21 p.m. 7.8.20). Crews continue to battle a large brush fire below Hāli‘imaile Road, that forced the closure of the Haleakalā Highway earlier this afternoon. There is a heavy backup in traffic in the Hansen/Pūlehu Rd. area as well as on Baldwin Avenue and Ōmaʻopio Road as a crews divert traffic to alleviate the backlog of motorists. The fire was reported overnight near the Kailua Gulch below Hāli‘imaile Road. The fire had burned at least 200 acres and was 30% contained at last report.
(Update: 1:27 p.m. 7.8.20) Haleakalā Highway is closed in both directions between Hana Highway and the “Y” in the Highway near the turn off to Pukalani. Motorists headed down Haleakalā Hwy are being rerouted onto Hāli‘imaile Road. Traffic on Hāli‘imaile Rd. is limited to a single lane, with traffic being alternated for the interim.
(Update: 12:57 p.m. 7.8.20) The Hāli‘imaile fire has jumped Kailua Road and will result in the closure of Haleakalā from the Keahua Junction to the “Y” in the Highway near the turn off to Pukalani. The closure is set to go into effect shortly as crews continue to battle the fire that started overnight near Kailua Gulch below Hāli‘imaile Road.
(Update: 8:53 a.m. 7.8.20) Maui police will reopen one lane of travel on Hāli‘imaile Road shortly, however motorists are advised to avoid the area. One lane of travel will reopen coming out-bound from Hāli‘imaile. Traffic in-bound to Hāli‘imaile remains closed.
(Update: 7:50 a.m. 7.8.20) A fire reported in Hāli‘imaile overnight has burned approximately 200 acres and is 30% contained as of 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
Maui Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro said personnel are currently using heavy equipment to cut fire breaks around the perimeter of the fire. All other resources are working on securing the fire perimeter.
There are four fire companies on scene including two tankers, the department’s Air-1 helicopter, an MFD Battalion Chief, and MFD Assistant Chief, two Mahi Pono tankers, a Mahi Pono dozer and an Alpha Construction dozer.
Current conditions on scene are clear with light trades. The cause of fire is unknown at this time.
On the roadways, Hāli‘imaile Road is CLOSED from Haleakalā Highway to the Hāli‘imaile General Store due to the brush fire reported overnight at Kailua Gulch.
Update: (7:40 a.m. 7.8.20) Hāli‘imaile Road is CLOSED from Haleakalā Highway to the Hāli‘imaile General Store due to a brush fire reported overnight at Kailua Gulch.
Update: (7:32 a.m. 7.8.20) The department deployed air assets at first light this morning to assist in containment of the fire. An official update from the department relating to total acreage burned, personnel on site and area impacts is due out shortly.
Update (6 a.m. 7.8.20) Just in: Hāli‘imaile Road from Haleakalā Hwy to the shooting range is CLOSED (as of 6 a.m.) due to a brush fire at the Kailua Gulch.
Update (4:30 a.m. 7.8.20) Fire crews are now using dozers to cut a fire break near the Haleakalā Highway / Keahua Junction. The brush fire continues to burn on a parcel of land below Hāli‘imaile Road.
Update (1:40 a.m. 7.8.20) A fire crew from Hazmat 10 is among the latest units responding to the Hāli‘imaile fire, which continues to burn makai of Hāli‘imaile Road. The glow from the fire can be seen from nearby communities. No word yet on cause or estimated acreage burned.
BRUSH FIRE: (12:30 a.m. 7.8.20) Maui fire crews are responding to a fire reported below Hāli‘imaile Road along Haleakalā Highway. Residents report seeing the glow of the fire from nearby communities.
Original source: https://mauinow.com/2020/07/08/haliimaile-brush-fire/