Intense wildfire causes damage at the western coast of Maui

Thursday, August 10, 2023


Devastating wildfires in the Hawaiian Islands – coupled with vast communication gaps created by the interruption of services – have many travelers in limbo as they struggle to leave the especially hard–hit island of Maui or reschedule imminent travel plans.

Fires on parts of the island of Maui and Hawaii were burning Wednesday, creating dangerous conditions in some parts of those two islands. The most harrowing conditions on Wednesday appeared to be in West Maui in the town of Lahaina.

A blaze engulfed the historic town, which is a popular tourist destination, and the town was evacuated. Communication networks have been crippled, and it’s still unclear how much the fires impacted the surrounding coast, where numerous resorts are located.

Nonessential inbound travel to Maui is strongly discouraged, Ed Sniffen, director of the Hawaii State Department of Transportation, stated on Wednesday at a news conference.

About 2,000 people stayed overnight Tuesday at the airport in Maui, Sniffen claimed. He also noted that another 4,000 visitors want to leave the island from the west side.

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