Forest / Wild Fire in USA on September 01 2018 04:56 AM (UTC).
Maui firefighters spent much of Friday battling a wind-whipped brush fire in Olowalu. The blaze started about 10 a.m., and by the time it was 90 percent contained had burned about 200 acres. The fire threatened several homes, forcing about 50 people to evacuate from their homes. A shelter was opened for evacuees. By about 4 p.m., though, Maui County officials said it was safe for residents to return home. Fire crews were fighting the blaze on land and on air. Mid-day, helicopters were seen scooping water up from the ocean. And residents got emergency alerts sent to their phones. "I could see the flames. it was pretty close," said resident Warren Celario. "The tankers went in. They set up a fire line right above our paintball field."