Wildfires are beginning to pickup with the drying out of flammable vegetation across the islands. Kahikinui has long been an area of concern for wildfires and continues to be under threat today. Mahalo to firefighters for controlling the brush fire, which shut down Piilani Highway, quickly.
"On Monday, Piilani Highway in the Kahikinui area on the southern slopes of Haleakala was closed due to a 15-acre brush fire, according to Maui fire officials.
Since 5:11 a.m., crews have been battling a brush fire between mile post 24.5 and 26 on Piilani Highway. At 9 a.m., Kula firefighters had the fire 80 percent contained. No structures were in immediate danger and no evacuations of homes were ordered.
Two helicopters provided water drops to the hard-to-reach areas of the fire perimeter while ground crews walked to the fire line dousing hot spots."