DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
DLNR Calls Fire In Pana'ewa
Natural Area Reserve Contained
KAHULUI – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) has determined that a fire within the Pana‘ewa section of the West Maui Natural Area Reserve has been contained.
The Maui DOFAW crew of 13 this afternoon is removing fire equipment, but will continue to monitor the fire. “Light rains are falling in the upper reaches of the fire area and should help keep it contained." DLNR chairperson Peter Young said.
Of the total 1,350 acres burned, twenty-nine (29) acres are in the forest reserve and ninety-one (91) are in the Pana‘ewa section of the Natural Area Reserve.
Yesterday afternoon and this morning, Maui County Fire Department helicopters concentrated their efforts along the Puehuehu ridge where a hot spot continues to smoulder.
“The area of concern now is a very steep and narrow ridge on private land next to the Puehuehu section of the West Maui Forest Reserve. This area is inaccessible to fire crews. We will continue to monitor this area, along with Maui County Fire Department, and if the situation should warrant, a helicopter can be used to drop water.” said Young
People are advised to avoid entry into any area of the burn, as other hot spots may continue to smolder. Occasionally smoke may be observed during the day or a glow at night from remaining hot spots within the burned area.
The Pana‘ewa Natural Area Reserve is comprised of 1,717 acres and is administered by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR). Thirteen (13) DOFAW Maui personnel are on scene.
The brushfire started on Sunday above Lahaina. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Maui County fire fighters are monitoring the populated areas where the fire remains at 100% containment.
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