Maui firefighters extinguish fifth suspicious cane fire in under a week

Unscheduled cane burns account for estimated $147,500 in damage

 UPDATED 12:00 PM HST Jun 18, 2013
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A series of unscheduled cane burns, some of which are believed to have been intentionally set, have been scorching the Valley Isle in mid June.

The latest reported by Maui fire officials happened Monday afternoon near North Kihei road.

The half acre fire broke out around 1:40 p.m. and took fire crews under a half an hour to contain the blaze. The fire caused an estimated $2,500 in damage and is being investigated as an intentionally set fire.

The day before, crews battled a significantly larger fire at Holomua Road on Maui's North Shore.

That fire broke out around 12:45 p.m. and took firefighters about an hour to control the blaze. During that time the fire scorched 26 acres of cane, destroying an estimated $100,000 worth of crop. The smoke from this fire caused the closure of the Hana Highway near Paia for about an hour.

A series of three, possibly intentionally set fires spanned Thursday evening into Friday night.

In total nine acres of crop was destroyed and an estimated $45,000 in damage was reported. Those fires, in chronological order, began at Waikapu, Pulehu near the landfill and on Kuihelani Highway near the Maui Lani Parkway intersection.

According to a Maui county spokesman, there have been 8 unscheduled cane burns since May 18.

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