Brushfire burns five acres near Kaluakoi golf course

A brushfire yesterday next to the old Kaluakoi golf course involved about five acres of land. No structures were threatened or injuries reported.

The Kaluakoi Golf Course as seen from the air before it was closed and the brush allowed to become overgrown. A five-acre brushfire in this area yesterday was extinguished without damage to any structures.

Maui County Fire Department Engines numbers 9, 4, 12 and Tanker 4 responded to an alarm for an ongoing brushfire at 2:10 p.m. Sunday, reported Maui Fire Department Chief Lee Mainga. Two public works tankers were also on the scene to assist.

By 3:40 p.m. the fire was under control. Crews stayed on the scene and continued with mop up operations until 6:10 p.m. when it was considered extinguished.

The cause of the fire is as yet undetermined. No monetary losses were reported.

Since the golf course was shut down by Molokai Ranch in April of 2008, the grounds have been allowed to become overgrown with weeds and grass. Shortly after closing, Molokai Ranch did cut down many of the coconut palm tree surrounding the greens.


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