Unscheduled Paia Cane Burn Causes $5,000 Damage
By Wendy Osher
Maui firefighters responded to a unscheduled cane burn on property in Paia on Thursday afternoon.
The fire was reported at 5:16 p.m. in an area of brush off of Baldwin Avenue, mauka of the Paia Gym.
Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company (HC&S) reported that the blaze caused an estimated $5,000, according to county authorities.
Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the fire had burned about a half acre and was slowly moving in the westward direction when firefighters arrived on scene.
The blaze was brought under control shortly after 6 p.m. No injuries were reported.
Among those responding to the scene were Engine 2, Engine 5, and tanker 10. HC&S also responded with a supervisor, two tankers, and a rake, which was used to cut a fire break around the burn area.
Alarm received 2038, arrived on scene 2047, fire under control 2110, and extinguished at 2300.