A wildfire last Friday on Maui has burned more than 5,300 acres and is now about 80% contained, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. Rain associated with Tropical Storm Erick helped prevent the spread of flames.
Firefighters were working to douse hotspots, and using heavy equipment to cut and reinforce fire breaks. Authorities said the fire was caused by fire equipment that were in the fields near Haleakala Highway.
The blaze started about 1:50 p.m. Thursday. Weather conditions initially made the firefight difficult on Thursday as flames were being pushed by strong winds. Most of Maui was under a wind advisory thanks to Tropical Storm Erick.
As the fire burned into the night, the flames could be seen for miles away and thick smoke filled the air.
“This is a very fast-moving fire that remains un-contained so I ask all of our residents and visitors to stay out of the area,” Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said.
The fire has not prompted any evacuations or threatened any homes. But authorities are asking residents to pay attention and heed any emergency warnings.