Fires in Maui spurred multiple evacuations after flames ravaged much of Lahaina town and elsewhere in Kula and Upcountry areas.
Maui County shelters remained open as thousands were displaced in fires that scorched Maui.
The death toll is currently at 97 people.
Fast-moving flames were fueled by the dry winds of a hurricane passing south of the islands. A normal trade wind pattern was restored by Friday and expected to continue through Monday, National Weather Service officials said early Friday in a forecast.
Kahului Airport remained open and outgoing flights were available, but officials asked visitors to refrain from traveling to areas affected by wildfire.
Thousands have spent the night in county emergency shelters and organizations across Hawaii have mobilized to help fire victims. Learn more about where you can make donations of cash, food or supplies.
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Anyone experiencing an emergency in West Maui was urged to call the Lahaina Police Department at 808-661-4441, as 911 services were not available in the area.
Lahaina did not have landline or cellphone service as of Thursday, but as of Friday, some cell signal was available in West Maui, the county said. People in the area were advised to text message if calls were not going through.
Here’s the latest on Maui road closures, evacuations, shelter openings, efforts to track down displaced fire victims and more.
Here are Maui County’s most recent containment estimations:
Emergency shelters have internet connection but do not have items such as bedding and toiletries available for evacuees, according to Maui County. Pet owners must restrain their animals.
The following shelters were open:
Anyone staying in shelters at the War Memorial Gymnasium, King’s Cathedral and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is able to take a free on-demand shuttle for rides to most Central Maui shopping centers and medical facilities from 8 a.m. until the last pickup at 8 p.m.
Call Roberts Hawaii at 808-871-4838 for reservations, the county said in a statement.
Passengers can only bring items they can carry. Wheelchairs can be accommodated.
Visitors with transportation were asked to leave Maui as quickly as possible, the county said Wednesday.
Maui County fire officials recommended residents of the following areas participate in proactive evacuations:
Evacuations also occurred in the following areas:
The county has opened a family assistance center for people looking for loved ones who have not been accounted for. Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Recovery Center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at 310 W. Kaahumanu Ave. in Kahului.
Immediate family members of missing people are encouraged to visit the center to take a DNA test to assist in identification, the county said. Make an appointment by calling 808-270-7771 or sending an email to FAC@mauicounty.gov. Family members on a neighbor island may call the Federal Bureau of Investigation Honolulu at 808-566-4300 or email HN-COMMAND-POST@ic.fbi.gov.
Anyone searching for a missing loved one may also call the Red Cross at 800-733-2767. For the Red Cross number, press 4, be prepared to follow prompts for the Maui Wildfires, and be ready to leave contact information for someone to call you back. The FBI is also asking people to file a missing persons report at (808) 566-4300 or HN-COMMAND-POST@ic.fbi.gov.
You might check the county’s official list of people who remain unaccounted for or the “Maui Fires People Locator” list that’s been making the rounds on social media — it contains the names of thousands who have been found and have yet to be located. Discussion about these grassroots efforts can be found on this Facebook page.
Honoapiilani Highway at Maalaea — the road into Lahaina — was slated to reopen from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Access beyond those hours will be limited to West Maui residents, the county said in a statement.
Expect delays. Some areas are littered with debris and remain without power, though impacted areas remained closed to the public, according to the county.
The state asks people to refrain from entering West Maui unless necessary to live, work or volunteer.
There is, generally, no power in Lahaina, though power has been restored to Napili Plaza, Ohana Fuels/Minit Stop and the Kahana Gateway Shell location.
Hawaiian Electric has been incrementally restoring power and most in West Maui have had their power restored.
Get the latest details on power outages on Maui at Hawaiian Electric’s interactive map.
The following supply distribution for opportunities were available for Maui fire victims from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (learn where to donate money or goods):
Water tankers have been set up in the following Upcountry areas, according to the county:
Water tankers have also been set up in West Maui, according to the county:
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