A brush fire on Saturday has caused Maui authorities to evacuate residents from Lahaina neighborhoods. The new fire is only a few miles from the site recently devastated by blazes.
A directive to evacuate a residential zone in the hills above the Kaanapali resort hotels was issued by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
The notice specifically targeted the vicinity around Anapuni Loop and was announced on X, the social network previously known as Twitter.
Subsequently, Maui County reported via Instagram that firefighters had “stopped forward progress of the fire.”
The total number of individuals impacted by the evacuation was not immediately available.
This comes on the heels of a destructive fire on August 8, which resulted in the deaths of at least 115 people and the loss of 2,000 structures in downtown Lahaina. There are still over a thousand missing, many feared dead, including hundreds of children.
Factors contributing to that earlier fire included strong trade winds, partially driven by Hurricane Dora, which had passed about 500 miles (800 kilometers) to Maui’s south.
The Associated Press reported on Saturday that a peculiar pattern of simultaneous flames erupted in straight rows in the initial stages of the Maui wildfires. This was