Posted on: August 8, 2023
Kula Fire Update No. 4, 3:50 p.m.: The Fire Department is calling for the immediate evacuation of residents of the subdivision including Kulalani Drive and Kulalani Circle due to an Upcountry brush fire.
The fire was reported at 12:22 a.m. today near Olinda Road and led to early-morning evacuations of residents in the Kula 200 and Hanamu Road areas. As of Tuesday afternoon, the perimeter of the fire was about 1,000 acres. Firefighter crews are actively battling the fire, which has reached as far as Kualono Place near the Kula Lodge.
The American Red Cross is staffing an emergency shelter at Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani. Evacuees are reminded that emergency shelters do not provide bedding, toiletries and personal care items. Evacuees are reminded to bring any medications and pet food. Pet owners utilizing the shelter need to have pets properly restrained. The Maui Humane Society is providing support for the shelter.
Kaonoulu Ranch opened Oskie Rice Arena in Makawao for residents needing to evacuate farm and ranch animals.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Hawaiian Electric Co. advises residents to stay at least 30 feet or more away from downed power lines, which may be energized. Downed power lines can be reported to 911 or Hawaiian Electricʻs trouble line at (808) 871-7777.