Police seeking information on recent brush fires

Firefighters were brought in from Maui to help stop the fires among the thick kiawe mauka-side in Kalamaula.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying those responsible for a series of brush fires at various locations on Molokai in late January.

One fire, set Jan. 29, burned an estimated 200 acres of vegetation near houses off Hoomalu Drive in the Kalamaula area west of Kaunakakai. The fire placed homes and residents at risk, police said. The fire caused $5,000 of damage to a shipping container on Hoomalu Drive that was holding furniture.

The fires, which occurred between Jan. 27 and 30, are believed to have been intentionally set, according to police. Over this three-day period, four brush fires occurred at different locations.

Police are asking anyone with information on the person or people responsible for setting any of the fires to call Detective Eugene Santiago on Molokai at 553-5355, or Maui Crime Stoppers at 242-6966. Neighbor Island residents can call toll free at (888) 242-6966.

Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of people responsible for felony crimes.


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