VIDEO: Fireworks confirmed as cause of Happy Valley fire on Maui
By Wendy Osher
Video of Happy Valley Fire, interview with Battalion Chief Jeff Shaffer:
(Update 3:30 p.m. 7/12/10)
Maui fire officials this afternoon confirmed that fireworks caused a 25 acre blaze that came dangerously close to homes in the Happy Valley subdivision. Battalion Chief James Kino said the determination suports the numerous reports the department received from witnesses. The blaze was first reported at around 8 p.m. Sunday on Mokuhau Road in the upper portion of the subdivison and came within 10 feet of homes in the surrounding area. Maui Police re-opened Mokuhau Road to vehicle traffic shortly after 12 noon today and fire crews remained on scene this afternoon.
(Update 7:45 a.m. 7/12/10)
Fire officials report that an estimated 24 acres have been burned. The fire is not yet considered contained. Fire inspectors are on scene conducting an investigation into the cause of the fire. 11 engine companies are on scene. At daylight Air One began conducting water drops to assist firefighters. Central and South Maui water customers should continue to conserve water until water levels in two water tanks located in Happy Valley can be restored. Mokuhau Road remains closed. Traffic into and out of the Happy Valley area is moving smoothly.