Wailea, Maui - 5:00 p.m. 1/7

The massive wildfire on Maui is now 80% contained according to Maui fire officials. Crews spent Monday mopping-up hot spots and widening the firebreak one day after the Wailea blaze broke out. City officials say it was initially reported just before 7 Sunday night and forced evacuations from the Hotel Wailea- a nearby five-start resort, and the Wailea Villas. 

Terrance Thrasher lives in an area close-by known as the Maui meadows. He had a clear view of the fire burning nearly 2,500 feet away. He says, as the fire crept closer, residents were on edge. Thrasher shared with KITV4, the site where the fire started was in the same location of an electric transformer, and it's not the first time the area caught on fire. 

"A couple years ago, another spark happened out there and a fire started out there too as well." Said Thrasher. "We have neighbors on both sides, actually on one side that was hosing down their property. Then my parents came over and started hosing down our house because we're like freaking out."
Nearly 2-hundred acres of land was burned, and an evacuation site was temporarily opened to accommodate more than 30 resident and visitor evacuees. 
The evacuation shelter closed early Monday morning. 
Fire officials say an investigation into what sparked the blaze is underway. So far, no injuries or property damage have been reported. 


10:15 a.m. 1/7

The Maui Fire Department reported that firefighters monitored the Wailea brush fire overnight, and say winds died down around 2 a.m. Monday. Firefighters inspected the area by air at 7 a.m. 

200 acres of land were reportedly scorched in the fire. It is 60% contained, according to MFD.

"I want to thank all the volunteers who responded to this emergency. Mahalo to Red Cross volunteers, Wailea hotel and security personnel, Department of Public Works employees and Goodfellow Bros. for the use of water tankers and bulldozers," said Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino.

Early Monday, residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The shelter at the Kihei Community Center has been closed.

No injuries or property damage have been reported.

The cause of the fire has remained undetermined.

More information to come as information surfaces.


Midnight 1/6

A massive fire on Maui prompts evacuations on Sunday. Maui Mayor Mike Victorino says he ordered the county to open its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 9:30 p.m. because the blaze - which is burning so quickly, it's hard for fire crews to estimate the size of it - is still actively burning and not under control.

Maui County says the fire was reported at 6:42 p.m. near 4050 Kalai Waa St. in Wailea. The mayor says the fire is about three miles long, extending from the mauka side of the Wailea/Makena area, all the way to Monkeypod Kitchen at 10 Wailea Gateway Place in Kihei. He says much of the brushfire is burning in inaccessible areas, making it hard for firefighters.

He tells us "every available firefighter" from Central Maui, Upcountry Maui, and Kihei are working the fire. There are also about a dozen apparatus - tankers, trucks, a bulldozer loaned from Goodfellows Bros., and some other equipment from Maui Public Works.

Mayor Victorino says the strategy at 11 p.m. Sunday was to create a firebreak along the south and east border of the fire to contain it. He says he's concerned it could shift to impact Maui Meadows residential area.

Evacuations are being conducted at The Hotel Wailea as a precaution. The hotel confirms it had more than 100 guests.

Mayor Victorino says nearby hotels like the Grand Wailea and Fairmont Kea Lani took in some of those evacuees; others went to the Red Cross shelter which opened at Kihei Community Center at 10 p.m.

Mayor Victorino and First Lady Joycelyn Victorino went to the community center at 9:45 p.m. Four Red Cross volunteers were there as well, Maui County officials said.

The mayor, speaking to KITV4 from the EOC, says people at Wailea Fairway Villas and customers at Monkeypod Kitchen (which closed at 11 p.m.) were notified to be ready to evacuate if the fire gets closer.

"I'm always concerned about protecting life and property," he said by phone. "I am hoping and praying, asking people to keep a watchful eye to stay safe, and to comply with evacuation orders if more are issued."

Power outage in Wailea and Makena. Maui Electric crews are responding.

At 11:40 p.m. Sunday, Maui Electric Company said Wailea and Makena areas are experiencing a power outage.