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Brushfire Burns 20 Acres

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

A brushfire on Puu Kapele Ave. in Ho’olehua burned 20 acres last Friday. Firefighters responded at about 3 p.m. with three fire engines, one emergency callback crew, two fire tankers and tankers and dozers from the County Dept. of Public Works. A helicoper also responded from Maui.

Crews on the ground initiated the battle against the blaze, while Air 1 assisted with water drops in hard to reach areas, according to Maui County Fire officials. Dozers cut roads for access as well as cut firebreaks to help prevent the fire’s spread.

The Fire Dept. reported dry conditions and winds at 15 to 25 miles per hour. The fire was contained at 5 p.m. and the cause remains undetermined.

No damaged were reported and no residents were evacuated or injured.

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