UPDATE: Crews Battle Early Morning Brush Fire in Olowalu

PC: Melonie Fernandez

As of 5:30 p.m., the fire burning in Olowalu was considered 80 percent contained as crews have made progress securing the fire’s perimeter.

Fire officials say there has been no change in size of the first since earlier in the day.

Crews will continue efforts to mop up hot spots and further secure the perimeter, per MFD. The fire will be monitored through the night.

There are still no threats to any structures at this time, and no injuries to report.

Updates will be provided if anything further develops.

At approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, a fire was reported in Olowalu in an area above the area of the paintball field and tomato farm.

Upon Maui Fire Department arrival, the first companies on scene reported a brush fire approximately one to two acres in size and growing rapidly due to high winds.

Crews began firefighting efforts as more resources were brought on scene to help control the spread of this fire.

There are 40 MFD firefighters engaging this fire, which also include emergency callback crews. Air 1 and Air 2 are providing water drops by air.

MFD is also being assisted by personnel and equipment from the State of Hawaii Dept of Forestry and Wildlife, County of Maui Dept of Public Works, West Maui Land Co, and Goodfellow Bros.

As of mid-day on Saturday, the fire is approximately 75 acres and considered 50 percent contained. There are no evacuations in effect as no structures are threatened at this time.

Also, there are no reported injuries or damage to property.

Crews will continue firefighting efforts throughout the day and work to fortify the perimeter of this fire. Updates will be provided as they become available.

*This story has been updated



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