Firefighters arrived three minutes later and found only a single fire about a quarter-acre in size, burning in a sugar cane field just Kahului side of the mini-bypass and mauka of Hana Highway. It appeared to be an unscheduled cane fire since the field did not appear to be prepped for harvest. The Paia mini-bypass was closed temporarily.
While waiting for HC&S representatives, the Paia fire crew and a Kahului water tanker were able to contain about 80 percent of the fire using large fire streams from fire trucks outside the field. Crews do not send firefighters on foot into cane fires because of unwarranted risks.
HC&S crews arrived and confirmed that it was an unscheduled fire. About four acres had been burned by the time firefighters left the scene at 9:40 p.m. and handed over responsibility to HC&S.
The fire is considered suspicious. This is the second unscheduled cane fire to occur in the same area two nights in a row. Cause of the fire could not be determined. There were no injuries and no structures threatened.