KIHEU, MAUI — Maui’s typically golden sunset was shrouded in gray on July 11, as a massive brush fire swept from Kahului to Kihei and consumed about 3,000 acres of land, due to high winds estimated at 15 to 20 miles per hour.
Oahu resident Randall Sebastian was in Kihei for business as the fires closed down some main roads and the island’s airports.
Evacuations were ordered at some local hotels in the area. Two shelter options were open, with one reaching maximum capacity at around 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.
There was a power outage at 1:50 p.m. due to the fire that affected about 4,000 south Maui residents. Electricity was restored to most households by around 3:00 p.m. All road closures announced that afternoon were lifted at 10:00 p.m.
Kahului Airport, which also closed and was reported to be running on generator power, was re-opened at 6:15 p.m. At this time, no injuries or significant loss of property have been reported.