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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 7, 2010

Brushfire 80% contained; wind conditions a concern

Advertiser Staff

A brushfire that has burned more than 1,100 acres in West Maui since Monday continued to burn yesterday but was 80 percent contained, firefighters said.

Firefighters responded to flare-ups yesterday caused by gusting winds.

Maui County said about 50 firefighters, including state Division of Forestry and Wildlife wildland firefighters, were on the scene yesterday. Firefighters continued to monitor the area last night for flare-ups.

Predicted increases in wind conditions remained a concern.

The National Weather Service has posted a red-flag fire alert for leeward areas of all islands, warning that drought conditions, low humidity and strong winds will create favorable wildfire conditions.

The burn area remains closed to public access. Firefighters said there are dangers from roots burning underground, falling branches and trees, and smoldering surface material.

No injuries and no damage to structures have been reported.