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Crews Respond to Large Brush Fire in Kaunakakai

January 29, 2012, 3:53 PM HST
* Updated January 29, 6:55 PM
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File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Wendy Osher

(Update: 6:51 p.m., Jan. 29, 2012)

The 200 acre fire on Molokai was called 100% contained at 6 p.m., but not under control.

Fire officials say the blaze got within 50 feet from homes in Kalamaula Mauka, just west of Kaunakakai; but no damage was reported.

A total of 28 fire personnel, (five from Lahaina), two county tankers, and one county loader were also assisting in fighting the blaze.

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Fire officials say Engines 4, 9, and 12, and Tanker 4 will remain on scene throughout the night to monitor and continue mop up operations.

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(Update: 4:03 p.m., Jan. 29, 2012)

A fire in Kaunakakai has burned an estimated 200 acres, and was called 60% contained at last report.

The Maui Fire Department’s, Air-2 helicopter is on its way to Molokai with extra fuel.

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Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the extra air support will provide assistance for crews already on scene.

So far, there are no damages reported, and no injuries.

(Posted: 3:53 p.m., Jan. 29, 2012)

Maui firefighters are battling a large brush fire in Kaunakakai, reported at 1:04 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2012, off of Hoomalu Drive on Molokai.

The fire department’s Engine-4, Engine-9, Tanker-4, and Engine-12, along with two Public Works tankers, and the department;s Air-1 helicopter were on scene at last report.  Crews from Ladder-3 and Battalion Chief 6 were also en route to Molokai to assist.

Molokai fire crews also responded to two separate brush fires on Saturday in Hoolehua.

The first brushfire started at 11:22 a.m., on Kalae Highway, near Maunaloa Avenue. The 1,600 square foot fire was brought under control at 11:28 a.m. and extinguished at 11:45 a.m.

The second fire started at 3:10 p.m., on Keonelele Avenue and Launui Street, West of Hoolehua Airport. Crews had the 9,000 square foot fire under control at 3:33 p.m. and extinguished at 4:25 p.m.

The cause of both fires was undetermined, and no damages or injuries were reported at either incident.

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