Makawao firefighters were on scene at 11:56 and found two separate fires at the “Y” of the Old Haleakala Highway and the new bypass. One was on the north side of Haleakala bypass and the other was on the south side.
The Makawao crew managed to contain the southern fire, which was most at risk of running away with the wind. That fire burned about 1,500 square feet. At 12:02 a.m., the Kula crew arrived and contained the fire on the north side of Haleakala bypass. That fire burned about 2,000 square feet. Both fires were extinguished by 12:35 a.m. Tuesday morning.
There were no witnesses, and circumstances surrounding the fire’s start appear suspicious. Cause of the fire was undetermined.