Raging fire forces evacuations of people and animals in parts of Maui

A raging blaze led to evacuations of people and animals in parts of Maui as firefighters battled to keep it away from residential areas, Hawaii officials said.

The fire had scorched 3,000 acres in central Mauil, leading to evacuations of residents of Kihei and Maalaea as it burned out of control Thursday, CNN affiliate KGMB reported. The Maui Humane Society moved its animals in crates and kennels to a nearby high school.

As darkness set in, Maui Mayor Mike Victorino said firefighters would not bring it under control overnight.

“We can’t fight the fire tonight. We’re not going to send any firefighters into harm’s way,” Victorino said Thursday.

County of Maui activated its Emergency Operations Center to respond to the fire Thursday morning. By afternoon, the flames were burning out of control and emergency officials sent a mobile alert warning nearby residents to evacuate.

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