By Jeff King
A Fire Prevention Inspector is on the side of mountain at this hour trying to determine what sparked a brush fire above Ma’alaea this morning.
At 9:14 a.m., Maui Fire Department crews responded to Ma’alaea for a reported brush fire located on the Mauka side of Honoapiilani Highway. Fire fighters arrived and found a brush fire on the slope of the mountain. Because of the inaccessibility of the area, two helicopters were utilized to control this fire. Approximately 30 acres are involved with the fire called 85% contained by 11:30 a.m. Prior to that time, smoke was visible from across much of South and Central Maui.
Ground crews are making their way to the fire ground and will begin mop up operations. High winds in the area will likely keep crews busy as hot spots are a concern in the dry brush.