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Maui Crews Battling Brush Fire in Pu‘unēnē

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    BRUSH FIRE PUʻUNĒNĒ:

    Evacuations and road closures are in effect as Maui fire crews battle a fast-moving wildfire in Central Maui.

    The Maui Veterans Highway is now closed as of 1:40 p.m., and evacuations were ongoing at the Maui Humane Society Puʻunēnē shelter and Central Maui Baseyard. At around 2:11 p.m., the Puʻunēnē Armory was added to the list of locations undergoing evacuation.

    The fire started around 1:04 p.m. in the vicinity of the old Puʻunēnē School and the Puʻunēnē Post Office.

    The Air-One helicopter is on scene along with multiple Maui Fire Department units. Several pieces of heavy equipment were dispatched to cut firebreaks. Air support includes three helicopters conducting water drops on scene.  Crews are attempting to prevent the fire from advancing towards Kīhei.

    “This is a rapidly moving fire, and I ask everyone to remain vigilant, exercise caution and avoid this area as much as possible,” said Maui Mayor Michael Victorino.

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    Multiple fire units are on the scene of a brush fire in Puʻunēnē.  The fire was reported at around 1 p.m.

    Air support is being dispatched to assist with the firefighting efforts.  Crews from the Maui Police Department are also on standby near the Central Maui Baseyard where crews are working on structure protection.

    Motorists are advised of delays in travel and potential detours as crews work to battle the blaze.

    Evacuations are also expected at the Maui Humane Society nearby.

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    Puʻunēnē fire. PC: courtesy.

    Puʻunēnē fire. PC: courtesy.

    Puʻunēnē fire. PC: courtesy.

    Puʻunēnē fire. PC: courtesy.

    Original source: https://mauinow.com/2020/08/30/maui-crews-battling-brush-fire-in-puunene/

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