Maui Wildfire



 June 9, 2010- Maui News

More than 2,000 acres of brush went up in smoke Tuesday, and the fire remained uncontained as of 9:45 p.m. The blaze left black swaths of charred slopes in the West Maui Mountains above Maalaea. 

The blaze forced officials to close Honoapiilani Highway from its intersection with Kuihelani Highway to Ukumehame from around noon to 6 p.m. The closure stranded thousands of visitors and residents, and about 100 people were evacuated from areas threatened by the fire or affected by thick smoke. 

The evacuations included a handful of Maalaea residents, shoppers and workers at the Harbor Shops at Maalaea, shoreline campers, a half-dozen employees at the Kaheawa wind farm and boat operators at Maalaea Harbor.