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Fire crews respond to multiple fires on the North Shore, under 60 acres burned

At 1:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, firefighters responded to a brush fire above the old Paia Sugar Mill that burned 8 acres of former sugar cane fields. The fire was located about a mile Kahului side of Baldwin Avenue, on an old plantation road called Sunny side.

Paia crews were on scene at 1:46 p.m. and found a large fast moving brush fire in fallow sugar cane. The fire department’s helicopter was dispatched and helped crews to quickly bring the blaze under control. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened.

The fire was extinguished at 5:50 p.m.

The cause of the fire was undetermined.

A battalion chief and crews from Paia, Makawao, Wailea and Kahului responded to the brush fire.

 

Paia firefighters responded to a 50 acre brush fire shortly after leaving the scene of another fire that burned 8 acres of former sugar cane fields off of Baldwin Avenue in Paia, Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Fire crews got the call at 6:32 p.m. and arrived on scene 10 minutes later to a half-acre brush fire on the makai side of Hana Highway and Haiku road. Heavy brush and brisk winds fanning the flames proved difficult for crews to knock down the fire. At one point it became too risky to attack the fire through a field of unburned brush so crews took a defensive stand to protect 6 homes downwind and in the direct path of the advancing fire.

Six homes were evacuated in the 2200 block of Hana Highway as firefighters positioned themselves between structures as the fire approached. Flames came to within 5 feet of structures in some areas but no homes were lost. By 11 p.m. residents were back in their homes.

A bulldozer from Goodfellow Brothers Construction assisted by cutting a wide firebreak around the fire. A water tanker from the County Public Works also assisted fire crews.

Firefighters had the fire 100 percent contained at 12:03 a.m. but have not yet called it extinguished. Crews made checks for hot spots during the day Thursday, but will wait until tomorrow to call it extinguished.

The Hana Highway was closed between Pauwela Road and Maliko Gulch for about 3 hours Wednesday night and was reopened at 10:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire was undetermined.

28 firefighters from five companies at Paia, Makawao, Kahului, and Wailea battled the blaze. Three chief officers and 3 battalion chiefs also responded to the fire.

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