Smoke Looms Over Luxury Resort as Maui Fire Rages

A massive brush fire burned 3,000 acres in Central Maui on Thursday, July 11, forcing hundreds to evacuate and diverting flights at Kahului Airport.

“We can’t fight the fire tonight," Mayor of Maui County Mike Victorino told reporters on Thursday night. “We’re not going to send any firefighters into harm’s way.”

The Maui Humane Society posted to Facebook asking for help transporting its animals to a local high school for shelter.

Footage here shows the Wailea Beach Resort on July 11. Lauren Hausman, who recorded the video, said the hotel was safe and not under evacuation. Credit: Lauren Hausman via Storyful