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Brush Fire Burns 50 Acres Above Town

Photo by Clayton Ching

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Photo by Pam Matson

A brushfire above Ranch Camp in Kaunakakai burned about 50 acres Sunday afternoon.
Ranch Camp residents reported their homes filling with smoke but no houses were damaged or evacuated.

The Fire Dept. got the alarm at 3 p.m. and responded with three engine companies, two tankers, two helicopters, two callback crews, and two county and state tanker trucks. As of 5 p.m. Sunday, efforts to fully extinguish the blaze were ongoing but considered 70 percent contained, according to the Maui Fire Dept.

“Helicopters did a great job… was getting close to Kupa Place culdesac and everyone [was out] with their hoses and sprinklers,” resident P.J. Sagario shared on The Molokai Dispatch Facebook page Sunday.

Conditions were reported as hot with moderate winds. The cause of the fire remained unknown as of Sunday.

Extreme drought is contributing to potentially hazardous fire conditions and residents are asked to stay vigilant.

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