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Governor Declares Maui a Disaster Area as Firefighters Battle Massive Wildfire

Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation on Friday, declaring the County of Maui a disaster area. The proclamation enables the state to provide quick and efficient relief from damages, losses, suffering caused by the disaster, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people. “I am declaring our Valley Isle a disaster area for the purpose of …

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FRIDAY UPDATE #2: MFD Continues to Battle Maui Wildfire

The Maui Fire Department has deployed 23 firefighters on the ground with engines and tankers to battle a Maui wildfire that has blackened more than 9,000 acres of fallow former sugar cane lands and brush, with the fire reported 20 percent contained as of 9:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Victorino reminded residents and visitors that conditions may worsen at any time …

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Maui Electric Asks Customers to Conserve Power Between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Due to damage to the electrical grid caused by the brush fire, Maui Electric is asking Maui customers to assist with the situation by conserving electricity use this evening, especially between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Currently, Maui Electric expects to have enough generating capacity available to meet the evening peak demand; however, energy conservation by the public can help …

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TSA Issues Sdvisory for Travelers Departing Kahului Airport Due to Fire

TSA is advising travelers to arrive at Kahului Airport (OGG) more than two hours prior to flight departure today. On Thursday, July 11, multiple flights scheduled to depart OGG were canceled due to a brush fire north of the airport on Maui.   Many of the canceled flights were rescheduled for today, Friday, July 12. As a result, the number …

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FRIDAY UPDATE: Fire remains uncontrolled; all shelters closed, but ready to reopen if conditions worsen

The Maui Fire Department is still working to control Thursday’s fire and reminded the public that conditions may worsen at any point. The Department expects winds to pick up before noon and heat to rise above 90 degrees. “All of these issues combined means the fire will likely intensify and accelerate, which may cause future evacuations and road closures,” Assistant …

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Residents Allowed to Return Home After Central Maui Wildfire Burns 10,000 Acres

Maui wildfire evacuees were told they could go home Thursday night while two South Maui shelters closed and War Memorial Gymnasium remained open overnight for stranded visitors who missed their flights. Meanwhile, Maui firefighters continued to monitor the wildfire that consumed an estimated 10,000 acres of fallow former sugar cane and dry brush on Thursday. “This fire is still an …

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UPDATE: Central Maui wildfire estimated to have burned 3,000 acres

10:00 PM Update: The Kihei-bound lane on North Kihei Road is open. All evacuees may also return home. 9:30 PM Update: Maui Police Department is escorting cars intermittently through North Kihei Road as conditions allow. Maui Veterans Highway reopened in both lanes of traffic. Residents on Ohukai and to Uwapo Road are clear to return to their homes. Currently, Maui …

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UPDATE: Central Maui Wildfire Uncontained

Updated at 7 p.m. The County of Maui reports the following road updates: Maui Veterans Highway has reopened for traffic leaving Kihei only. North Kihei Road remains closed. Kuihelani Highway has reopened. Waiko Road has reopened. Open shelters are: The Kihei Community Center, manned by the Department of Parks and Recreation; with 156 people and six dogs there.Kamalii Elementary School, …

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Driver Dies After Vehicle Goes Over Cliff in Kahikinui

On Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at about 7:45 a.m. a Motor Vehicle Collision occurred on Piilani Highway, just west of Manawainui Bridge (.5 miles west of mile-marker 28) in Kahikinui. The collision occurred when a 2017 Ram pickup truck traveling west towards Kula on Piilani Highway failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and drove off the cliff. The …

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DWS: Water Tank Empty in Honokohau Valley

Customers in Honokohau Valley are without water service while Department of Water Supply crews respond to a probable break in a 4-inch waterline that fills a water tank that serves the area. The tank was empty as of Wednesday afternoon. Until the line is repaired and the area’s water storage tank is full, customers may fill their own containers at …

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