Maui, Hawaii Wildfire Has Consumed Nearly 10,000 Acres, Oprah Opens Her Private Road To Aid Firefighters

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An estimated 10,000 acres of fallow land and dry brush were consumed so far in the ongoing wildfire that started Thursday, the County of Maui announced early Friday.

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“This fire is still an active threat to our community, and residents are urged to remain vigilant of changing conditions,” Mayor Michael Victorino said in the release.

 

Maui firefighters continued to monitor the blaze, county spokesman Brian Perry said in an early Friday news release. No containment figures were included.

 

Kihei Aquatic Center was closed today due to heavy debris from Thursday’s fire, the county said around 6:45 a.m. Crews plan to clean the center as soon as possible.

 

Also, Kaiser Permanente said its Kihei clinic would be closed today due to the blaze.

 

The brush fire started late Thursday morning in Waikapu and headed south, leading to temporary evacuations of homes in north Kihei and Maalaea, closing roads, snarling traffic, blanketing areas in ash and smoke and disrupting airport travel.

 

No damage to residences or major structures was reported.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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