WAIHOU SPRINGS FOREST RESERVE, Hawai‘i — The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife said the Olinda Fire in Upcountry Maui was 85 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon.
The Olinda fire includes both forest reserve and adjacent private lands. The Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) is assisting joint firefighting efforts on this fire with the Maui Fire Department.
Twenty-seven firefighters, six engines, and other equipment and tenders are engaged in the effort. The perimeter is holding, and suppression is focusing on extinguishing scattered hotspots, mainly in the gulches of the area, the DOFAW said.
Under interagency agreements for cooperative response to wildfire, DOFAW has primary responsibilities for fires on lands under its jurisdiction. This includes Hawai‘i forest reserves, natural area reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and game management areas.
DOFAW firefighters provide assistance to county fire departments in other areas through mutual aid agreements.
Source: The Garden Island