Friday, 19 July, 2019

Wildfire on Maui causes evacuations, burns 10000 acres

Normal flight operations resume at OGG despite ongoing brush fire state says Smoke is visible for miles around as a massive brush fire burns near the Kahului airport
Steven Clarke | 13 July, 2019, 08:45

"We're not going to send any firefighters into harm's way", Mayor Victorino said. Here are the latest updates on the fire's location, including maps, evacuations, and shelters in the region.

"@Oprah Maui is on fire consider opening the ranch road so we can get upcountry", another tweet read.

The wildfire started at about mid-morning Thursday in central Maui and quickly burned out of control. Because of this, residents should also stay tuned to their local news for evacuation updates. You may need to reposition the map to see the details and the legend, depending on your browser, or you can just go here to see the full map.

Hawaii emergency officials have ordered thousands of residents in parts of central Maui to evacuate as firefighters battle a blaze that has ripped through parched land, scorching some 3,000 acres.

County of Maui activated its Emergency Operations Center to respond to the fire Thursday morning.

'This fire is still an active threat to our community and residents are urged to remain vigilant of changing conditions, ' County of Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said.

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Roads and major highways were closed and 4,000 people in south Maui lost power for about 90 minutes before Maui Electric was able to reroute power to the area.

Oprah Winfrey has a home in the county, and tweeted a local resident to confirm that she's given officials fighting the fire access to her private road. He wrote: "A big mahalo to @Oprah for giving @mauicounty access to your private road for use to assist in the #Mauifire".

Flames in the cities of Kihei and Maalaea burned out of control, officials said, briefly diverting air traffic from Kahului Airport, shutting down several roads and causing power outages throughout the island. Maui high school was accommodating about 200 cats and dogs moved from a local animal shelter, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. The transmission line from Ma'aleaea Power Plant to Kihei was damaged in the fire. However, due to the numbers of cancelled flights, there were more delays at Kahului airport on Friday.

Meanwhile, because the fire has damaged the electrical grid, Maui Electric customers are asked to conserve electricity between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 12.

So. Maui is on fire.

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