Hawaii Filipinos coping with Maui wildfires, as firefighters make progress on containment

MAUI, HI — Maui Mayor Michael Victorino continue to urge residents and visitors to stay vigilant, even with the wildfires in the island almost contained.

Multiple fires have ravaged more than 9,200 acres, particularly in central and south Maui, and although the source of the fire remains unknown, firefighters have reported an 80 percent containment as of Sunday afternoon.

Officials are concerned that windblown dust and ash would hamper visibility on roadways.

“Well it basically is most of the Central Valley. It started in the Waiko area on the Maalaea side of it of Waiko road, and then it jumped over Kuihelani highway. From there, it starts spreading towards Veterans highway, which is why those two roads got closed, and people were prevented from getting in and out of south Maui and could not use those roads,” said Hawaii Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran.

Residents of these towns were ordered to evacuate on Thursday, but were allowed to return to their homes overnight. During the evacuation, over two thousand people stayed at shelters and at the Kahului Airport.

More than 24 hours after the massive fire began burning, Hawaii Governor David Ige issued an emergency disaster proclamation for the island, enabling the state to provide ‘quick and efficient relief.’

No fatalities and injuries have been reported since the fire started, but damages are beginning to be recorded. Authorities said any fire flare-ups should be reported by calling emergency dispatchers at 911.

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