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Māʻalaea Brush Fire Burns 30 Acres

July 29, 2014, 1:56 PM HST
* Updated July 30, 9:39 AM
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By Maui Now Staff

Brush fire near Ma'alaea, 7/29/2014. Photo courtesy Rick Nunyah.

Brush fire near Ma’alaea that burned 30 acres, 7/29/2014. Photo courtesy Rick Nunyah.

(Update: 6 p.m. 7/29/2014)

A fire in Māʻalaea has burned a total of 30 acres, and is now 100% contained, but not yet extinguished.

At last report, nine members of the Department’s Wildland team and nine personnel with the state Department of Forestry and Wildlife, along with Air-1 continued mop up operations.

There were no injuries reported, and the cause of the fire is undetermined.

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Crews will be monitoring and making checks of the fire ground throughout the night.

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(Update: 11:30 a.m. 7/29/2014)

Firefighters remain on the scene of a brush fire in Māʻalaea that burned at least 30 acres on Tuesday morning.

Fire officials say the blaze was first reported at 9:14 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, on the mauka side of the Honoapiʻilani Highway in an area of brush on the mountain slope.

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Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the fire was about 85% contained by 11:30 a.m.

According to Mainaga, the department utilized two helicopters to control the fire because of the inaccessibility of the area.

Ground crews were making their way to the fire ground at last report, with plans to begin mop-up operations.

Department officials say a fire prevention inspector is on scene conducting an investigation.

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