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MAUIWatch Staff

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Maui High School opened for stranded American Airlines passengers

State Department of Education staff, the American Red Cross and the County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation mobilized on short notice Friday night to provide shelter at Maui High School for up to 400 distressed passengers stranded by American Airlines flight cancelations. Maui Visitors Bureau provided inflatable mattresses and blankets to the shelter.  County Department of Transportation with …

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Police Seek Arson Suspect in Hookele St. Brush Fire

The Maui Police Department is looking for a possibly maroon-colored Ford dually-type truck, early to mid-2000’s model with truck racks. Police are interested in identifying this vehicle as well as the owner as it was seen leaving the area of the Hookele Street fire today.   Tips can be emailed to fire.damage@mpd.net or you can message your contact information to …

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County: South Maui Fire 60% Contained, Pu`unene Fire 35% Contained

The Maui Fire Department has made significant progress containing the South Maui fire, which was 60 percent contained as of sunset Friday. The fire that began around Waiko Road has not grown from this morning and has burned a little more than 9,000 acres, according to preliminary GIS mapping. Firefighters were concentrating on the perimeter of the fire, cutting firebreaks …

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Waterline Repair Work Affects North Kihei Road Traffic

Department of Water Supply crews are working on three to four waterline breaks on North Kihei Road fronting the Maalaea Power Plant. Southbound traffic is closed in the vicinity of the work on North Kihei Road. Traffic control is in the area. Water will be turned off for approximately eight hours starting around 2:30 p.m. today. Customers in Maalaea and …

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Governor Declares Maui a Disaster Area as Firefighters Battle Massive Wildfire

Governor David Ige issued an emergency proclamation on Friday, declaring the County of Maui a disaster area. The proclamation enables the state to provide quick and efficient relief from damages, losses, suffering caused by the disaster, and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people. “I am declaring our Valley Isle a disaster area for the purpose of …

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FRIDAY UPDATE #2: MFD Continues to Battle Maui Wildfire

The Maui Fire Department has deployed 23 firefighters on the ground with engines and tankers to battle a Maui wildfire that has blackened more than 9,000 acres of fallow former sugar cane lands and brush, with the fire reported 20 percent contained as of 9:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Victorino reminded residents and visitors that conditions may worsen at any time …

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Maui Electric Asks Customers to Conserve Power Between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Due to damage to the electrical grid caused by the brush fire, Maui Electric is asking Maui customers to assist with the situation by conserving electricity use this evening, especially between 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Currently, Maui Electric expects to have enough generating capacity available to meet the evening peak demand; however, energy conservation by the public can help …

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TSA Issues Sdvisory for Travelers Departing Kahului Airport Due to Fire

TSA is advising travelers to arrive at Kahului Airport (OGG) more than two hours prior to flight departure today. On Thursday, July 11, multiple flights scheduled to depart OGG were canceled due to a brush fire north of the airport on Maui.   Many of the canceled flights were rescheduled for today, Friday, July 12. As a result, the number …

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FRIDAY UPDATE: Fire remains uncontrolled; all shelters closed, but ready to reopen if conditions worsen

The Maui Fire Department is still working to control Thursday’s fire and reminded the public that conditions may worsen at any point. The Department expects winds to pick up before noon and heat to rise above 90 degrees. “All of these issues combined means the fire will likely intensify and accelerate, which may cause future evacuations and road closures,” Assistant …

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