Thousands of people had to be evacuated from Maui after a fire scorched at least 3,000 acres of land.
The fire swept through former sugar cane fields and dry brush. It burned out of control on July 11 and continued overnight. Firefighters continued to fight the fire on July 12 in hopes of fully containing the blaze. Among the thousands of residents evacuated, more than 600 headed to shelters.
“I ask the people of Maui county and throughout the state to pray that this fire has been at its peak and now we’ll subside and will have some control over it,” Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino stated.
Officials say conditions are clear for people to return home but shelters will be kept on standby in case conditions worsen. Officials have not yet said what started the fire and that there were no deaths, injuries, or structural damages have been reported.
The fire also caused some flights to be diverted. Hawaii tourism officials have advised travelers to check their flight status.