July 11, 2019 10:46 pm
Updated: July 12, 2019 7:30 am

Maui brush fire leads to evacuation order

ABOVE: A massive uncontrolled brush fire raged through Maui's central valley in Hawaii on Thursday already burning through 3,000 acres and forcing people to evacuate the area.


Hawaii emergency officials have ordered an evacuation on Maui due to a runaway brush fire.

The Maui News reports access in and out of Kihei on Maui was blocked as of 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say the fire started along Kuihelani Highway Thursday morning.

A Maui County official says an evacuation was ordered around 3 p.m. and a notice was sent to the cellphones of residents north of Ohukai Road and Maalaea.

The official says shelters were set to open at 3:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Gym and at 5 p.m. at the Velma McWayne Santos Community Center for Maalaea evacuees.

The official says residents evacuating homes in north Kihei could go to a shelter at Kamalii Elementary School beginning at 3:30 p.m.

– More to come.

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