By Jeff King
Maui Firefighters held a solemn service this morning to honor the memory of fallen brothers and civilians who perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Then it was back to business as usual.
And then some.
At 10:17 a.m., dispatchers sent MFD engines from Kahului, Wailuku and Kihei and tankers from Kahului and Wailea – along with Air-1 to respond to a quickly building brush fire in central Maui. The fire started between Ho’omoku Street and the Maui Lani Golf Course.
Upon arrival, crews attacked the blaze, estimated at 15 acres. As of 12:25 p.m., the fire is 75 percent contained. Crews there are in mop-up mode. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened. The fire cause is under investigation.
Then, at 10:56 a.m., Makawao and Paia fire fighters responded to the area at Haliimaile Road and Baldwin Avenue for a brush fire. Crews on scene of a brush fire approximately 1/4 acre in size.
The fire was brought quickly under control and crews are mopping up at this time. The fire was caused by a person welding, with sparks catching the nearby brush. No structures threatened and no injuries were reported.