3 Brushfires Intentionally Set

Three small brushfires blazed in Kalama`ula Mauka last Thursday morning, and are believed to have been intentionally set, according to the Maui Fire officials.

A juvenile male was observed in the area prior to the fires being reported, and was subsequently arrested, said Sergeant James Terry of the Molokai Police Department.

Molokai firefighters from Kaunakakai, Ho`olehua, and Pukoo were dispatched to a brush fire around 10 a.m. When Fire crews arrived on scene, they discovered three separate fires burning, stated Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga.

Two fires were burning at the corner of Likelike Avenue and Pookela Street. These two fires merged in to one fire approximately a quarter acre in size. The third fire, also a quarter acre in size, was located about 50 yards to the West on Likelike Avenue. Both fires were quickly contained and extinguished.

No damages or injuries were reported and no homes were threatened.


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