Kihei Brush Fire was intentionally set

At 2:24 p.m. this afternoon, firefighters responded to a brushfire near Kaiwahine Street in Kihei.

Kihei firefighters arrived at 2:35 p.m. and found about an acre of dry brush burning at the end of Kaiwahine Street, next to Hale Piilani Park. Crews brought the fire under control by 3:11 p.m. and called it extinguished at 4:29 p.m. About 2 acres were burned.

Fire came within 100 feet of the nearest residential structure but favorable weather conditions did not make it a threat. A building housing a weather monitoring station was impacted by fire but did not sustain any damages.

Witnesses reported seeing a juvenile male lighting the grass on fire then fleeing the area. There were no injuries and no structures were damaged.

Two engines, two water tankers and a battalion chief from Kihei, Wailea, and Kahului responded to the incident.

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