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Maui Wildfires Situation Report #9

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

Highlights: · Maui County has provided the following fire updates: o Olinda Fire is estimated to be 1,081 acres and is 85% contained. o Kula Fire is 202 acres and is 85% contained. o Lahaina Fire is 2,170 acres and 90% contained. o Maui County Fire Department reports that there are no active fire threats currently. The fires are not advancing, but full containment can be more difficult to establish and determine in urban settings. · Currently, the affected areas remain restricted to authorized personnel only. · There are now 115 confirmed fatalities with 100% of the single-story, residential properties searched in the disaster area: o Search teams will now transition to searching multi-story residential and commercial properties. o Maui County has confirmed that there are 850 missing persons. o Maui County has released the identities of some of the victims. o Honolulu Fire and Maui County Fire departments have completed underwater searches of the Lahaina Harbor. · Mass Care and Mental Health Support: o Sheltering operations have transitioned from congregate shelters (large public facilities) to non-congregate shelters (hotels). o The Hawaii Red Cross are supporting survivors in these hotels by delivering food and other necessities. o There are 32 feeding locations that have provided 136,146 meals. o The Hawaii Red Cross has provided 71,600 meals and snacks. · Public School Update: o The King Kekaulike High School reopened for staff on August 21st. Students will be returning on August 23rd and 24th. o Four public schools in Lahaina were impacted by the wildfires and closed: ü Kamehameha III campus was severely damaged by fire. ü The three other schools suffered wind damage. · Infrastructure and Power Restoration Update: o The Unsafe Water Advisory remains in effect for the affected areas. o All cellular towers have been restored. o 1,800 customers remain without power. · The Pacific Disaster Center is continuing to support Maui County in recovery efforts. · Federal Recovery Update: o Mission priorities remain focused on search and rescue, fire containment, and damage assessments. o An amendment to the Major Disaster Declaration was added on August 21st, which authorized Public Assistance for Categories C-G. o The President and First Lady visited Maui on August 21st. They surveyed the damaged areas and met survivors. Sources: · FEMA Daily Operations Briefing, August 22nd · Governor Josh Green Twitter Page · Maui Nui Strong Facebook Page · Maui County Twitter Page · Maui County Fire Department Twitter Page · Hawaii Red Cross Twitter Page · Pacific Disaster Center Twitter Page Resources Maui Nui Strong Website: https://www.mauinuistrong.info/ · Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MauiNuiStrong/ · Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mauinuistrong/?hl=en State of Hawaii, Maui Fires Central Information Website https://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/august-2023-wildfires/ Hawaii Department of Health, Maui Fires Website https://health.hawaii.gov/mauiwildfires/ FEMA, Hawaii Wildfires https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4724 FEMA Rumor Control Website https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4724/rumor-control U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Small Business Resilience Hub https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/community-resilience-and-disaster-response/small-business-resilience-hub Monetary Donations:


· Hawaii VOAD · American Red Cross of Hawaii · Salvation Army, Hawaii · World Central Kitchen · Maui Food Bank · Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Maui Strong Fund · Maui United Way, Maui Fire and Disaster Relief Fund · Public Schools of Hawaii Foundation · Maui Humane Society · Hawaii Lions Foundation · Maui Economic Opportunity Rental Assistance Fund · IAFF Foundation, Maui Firefighters Fund · Disabled Disaster Relief Fund for the Maui Fires · Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce Business Relief Fund · Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Hawaii Wildfires Recovery Fund · Council of Native Hawaiian Advancement, Kako’o Maui · Craft Emergency Response Fund · Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Cultural Heritage Sites Fund



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