Fire crews douse brush fire near camp

The Maui News - - TODAY’S PEOPLE -

Fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished a brush fire in what ap­peared to be a home­less en­camp­ment Wed­nes­day night in Ki­hei, a fire of­fi­cial said.

The fire was re­ported at 9:22 p.m. in a va­cant lot near Kio Loop, said Fire Ser­vices Chief Ed­ward Tao­moto.

Wailea fire­fight­ers were on scene at 9:33 p.m. and found a 50-by-50-foot area of brush, ki­awe trees and trash burn­ing in what ap­peared to be a home­less en­camp­ment, he said.

Fire­fight­ers had the fire un­der con­trol at 9:44 p.m. and ex­tin­guished at 11 p.m.

An en­gine, lad­der and wa­ter tanker from Wailea re­sponded. fire­fight­ers fought the blaze overnight, a fire of­fi­cial said.

The fire was re­ported at 7:24 p.m. Wed­nes­day in the field about a half-mile south of Bald­win Av­enue, near the old Paia Sugar Mill, said Fire Ser­vices Chief Ed­ward Tao­moto.

Paia fire­fight­ers, on scene within five min­utes, could see smoke coming from deep within the field, he said. Fire crews had dif­fi­culty find­ing a route to the fire be­cause of over­grown brush that lim­ited ve­hi­cle ac­cess but were able to reach the fire and con­tain it to about 3 acres, Tao­moto said.

A burned ve­hi­cle was found near the center of the scorched brush, but it was un­clear whether the ve­hi­cle was in­volved in start­ing the fire, he said.

The fire was con­tained when fire­fight­ers left the scene at 2 a.m. Thurs­day. Tao­moto said crews re­turned to look for hot spots Thurs­day.

A bat­tal­ion chief, Paia and Makawao en­gine com­pa­nies and Kahului and Wailea wa­ter tankers re­sponded to the fire.

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