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Fires ring in the New Year on Maui

January 10, 2013
The Maui Weekly

Fire crews responded late Monday morning, Dec. 31, 2012, to a brush fire near the Wailea Pualani subdivision that burned approximately four acres.

Crews arrived on the scene at about 11:20 a.m. to find dry brush and kiawe trees on fire. The fire was extinguished just after 1:30 p.m.

No injuries or damage were reported, according to Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga. The cause of the fire could not be determined, he said.

Three fires were reported in the Central Maui area during the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day holiday.

The first burned an 800-square-foot area of brush in Wailuku. The brush fire was reported at approximately 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, along the Kahekili Highway near Maka'ala Drive in the macadamia nut fields.

Fire crews responded to the scene. The fire was brought under control at 9:40 p.m. and extinguished at 9:57 p.m. No damages or injuries were reported.

Fire crews returned to Maka'ala Drive at 1:15 a.m. on New Year's Day for a report of a brush fire near the previous incident. The later fire burned an estimated 900 square feet of brush. Authorities say the fire was brought under control at 1:35 a.m. and extinguished at 1:57 a.m.

Another fire destroyed a 600-square-foot cottage at 51 Kono Place in Kahului, resulting in an estimated $152,000 in damage to the cottage, and $25,000 in damage to an adjacent structure that was under construction and unoccupied. The fire was reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve. The cause of the fire remained under investigation at last report.



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