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MFD Continues to Fight Kahana Blaze; Fire Remains 45 Percent Contained

UPDATE: 8 a.m. – All roads reopened before 5:30 a.m. today, the Lahaina Civic Center shelter closed and people in Kahana were allowed to return home after Maui firefighters continued to battle a blaze overnight above Kahana Ridge.

The Kahana Ridge fire remained 45 percent contained, and the acreage affected was under 1,000 acres, the Maui Fire Department reported.

Overnight, fire crews fought brush fires that threatened homes in the Kahana Ridge area. There were no reports of injuries or property damage.

The Lahaina Civic Center was closed as a shelter as of 7 a.m. today. No one sought shelter overnight. However, about a half dozen people checked in at the shelter after it opened on Tuesday.

This morning, crews aboard two helicopters were making water drops and assessing the fire’s activity.

“I would like to thank firefighters, police and first responders who have been hard at work protecting life and property with this wildfire,” Mayor Michael Victorino said. “I ask everyone to continue to be vigilant and to stay away from the areas where fire crews need access to the fire.”

Maui Emergency Management Agency officials reported that, because of this fire incident, Maui County qualifies for federal financial assistance.

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