West Maui wildfire now 80% contained after burning for seven days
On Monday, Maui Fire Department officials reported that West Maui wildfire, which has been burning since Election Day, seven days ago, now is 80% contained.
The fire has burned 2,100 acres since it was first reported in Kauaʻula Valley on Nov. 8.
The fire threatened subdivisions in the early stages but now is burning in remote, inaccessible areas.
Maui Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro said crews continue to monitor the area. He said there was a small flare up mauka of Launiupoko Monday afternoon, which was quickly extinguished by Air 1.
County officials said rainfall on Day 5 of the fire provided some relief in upper areas of the fire, and fire breaks have kept the fire from spreading; however firefighting has been difficult because of steep and sometimes vertical and rough terrain.
- Day 5 coverage: LINK.
- Day 4 coverage: LINK.
- Day 3 coverage: LINK.
- Day 2 coverage: LINK.
- Day 1 coverage: LINK.