Two small fires Monday in Kaunakakai area

Maui County firefighters fought a Kalamaula brush fire that burned 200 acres in January. Another smaller brush fire was reported Monday in the same area that burned three acres.

Two separate fires broke out in the Kaunakakai area Monday afternoon.

The first fire was in Kalamaula off of Likelike Street, reported. According to the report, the fire at a new subdivision was reported at 3:40 p.m. The brush fire burned an estimated three acres, mostly within a gulch, before it was extinguished at 7 p.m. Monday, said fire officials. Crews from Engine 4, Tanker 4 and Engine 9 were dispatched to the scene.

It was in January of this year that a brush fire in Kalamaula burned 200 acres and damaged a storage container causing $5,000 of damage.

The second fire was reported at 3:44 p.m. off Mohala Street in Kaunakakai. Maui Fire Services Chief Lee Mainaga said the fire started in an abandoned vehicle and spread to vegetation in the immediate area, burning a total 30 by 30 foot area. Crews from Engine 12 responded to the scene.

The cause of both fires was undetermined; there were no injuries reported and there were no monetary loss at either blaze.

Another fire reportedly broke out in the area of the Kamalo Wharf yesterday, according to KITV.

Apparently, at around 9 p.m. Tuesday, people fishing near the Kamalo beach area reported a fire. Firefighters responded to find a 20-by-30-foot wooden structure near the beach engulfed in flames.

The building was destroyed with damage estimated to be $60,000.

No occupants were inside the structure, and no were injuries reported.


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