PIIHOLO, MAUI – At 4:23 p.m. Monday afternoon, fire crews responded to a reported brush fire in the Pi’iholo area of Upcountry Maui. Investigators have determined that the cause was downed power lines.
Makawao firefighters arrived just 11 minutes later and found lots a smoke and a slow moving grass fire within a pasture along Pi’iholo Road, just above Waiahiwi Road. Once crews made access into the pasture, they found power lines down in the fire area.
Around two acres of grass were burned. Crews called the fire contained at 4:57 p.m. and extinguished 30 minutes later. A spokesperson for Maui Electric Company says their investigation has not yet determined how the lines came down. Area residents have suggested overgrown trees near the lines should have been trimmed – preventing such blazes.