Drought and 40 mph wind gusts lead to 2,000 acre fire on Maui

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A 2,000-acre fire on the Hawaiian island of Maui has closed the Honoapiilani Highway and required evacuations from about 100 homes and the employees of a wind farm. Seven helicopters, including two Hawaii Air National Guard ships, joined the efforts of fire units from around Maui to reach the remote area. A number of West Maui visitors missed flights out of Kahului Airport due to the highway closure.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.