PAIA – An “unscheduled” cane burn Thursday night lit the sky near Baldwin Beach Park in Pa’ia.
According to Maui Fire Department’s Fire Services Officer Edward Taomoto, Thursday night at 7:34 p.m., firefighters were called to a possible brush fire near Baldwin Beach Park in Paia.
Firefighters arrived five minutes later and found a one acre fire burning within a sugar cane field near the old Lime Kiln, just east of Baldwin Park. Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company employees were not in the area and it appeared to be an unscheduled cane fire.
The Paia fire crew and a Kahului water tanker kept the fire from spreading any further until HC&S representatives arrived. Once HC&S crews arrived, they confirmed that it was unscheduled. Fire crews left the scene at 9:18 p.m., when they handed over responsibility to HC&S.
Cause of the fire was undetermined. There were no injuries and no structures were threatened.