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Maui Brushfire 60% Contained

Honolulu Advisor via YellowBrix

May 06, 2010

WEST MAUI, HI – A West Maui brushfire that has burned 1,100 acres since Monday in the Olowalu area is 60 percent contained and firefighters are expected to continue monitoring the area tonight, Maui County said Wednesday.

The county says the area of the fire is closed to public access for safety reasons.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares said Wednesday, “I would like to join our firefighters, police officers and emergency management personnel in offering our gratitude to everyone for their unselfish support during this incident. The assistance of the Salvation Army and the generous donations of food made by many bolstered our hard-working firefighters, police officers and emergency management personnel working on this incident and it reminded us of how much our community cares.”

Tavares also thanked privately owned companies Goodfellow Brothers, Kiewit Pacific and West Maui Land Co. for providing water tankers, bulldozers and other heavy equipment to assist with fighting the fire.

Tuesday night, about 15 firefighters were monitoring the brushfire. On Wednesday one firefighter was taken to the hospital after experiencing elevated vital signs and released shortly after.

Officials said Wednesday the fire came within about 25 feet of a home under construction and firefighters worked hard to protect the structure from burning and prevent the fire from advancing further into the residential area.

No damage to structures have been reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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