A Combined Joint Task Force 50 (CJTF-50) search, rescue and recovery member conducts search operations of areas damaged by Maui wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Aug. 15, 2023. Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Foster/U.S. Army National Guard via Reuters
The rebuilding process has begun across Maui, following the devastating wildfires that killed at least 115 people and displaced thousands more.
The Upcountry fire is 90% contained and has affected an estimated 1,081 acres.
The Kula fire is 95% contained and has affected an estimated 202 acres.
The Lahaina fire is 100% contained and has affected an estimated 2,170 acres.
Officials say that containment indicates what percentage of the fire perimeter has been enclosed by a control line. This reflects the opportunity for the fire to spread beyond its original border into new areas, according to Maui County officials.
The fires do not pose a threat, according to the Maui Fire Department.
The death toll
The death toll stands at 115.
Of the deceased, 54 have been both identified and their families have been located and notified. Five others have been identified but their families have yet to be reached by authorities.
The return of residents
Currently, the burn area is restricted to authorized personnel only as federal agencies remove potentially dangerous ash and other debris. This could take months, officials have said.
Officials say there will be “a coordinated effort to develop a plan for the safe return of residents.”
Anyone visiting properties in the burn area are urged to use Personal Protective Equipment for their safety. Visitors are urged by officials to check out bit.ly/WestMauiCaution to learn more about protective measures.
Residents of Lahaina, Kula and the surrounding areas should only use bottled water or potable water provided by tankers. The Department of Water Supply urges those on the island to check out the Water Advisory map for updates about drinking water quality: bit.ly/mauiwateradvisory.