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Wildfires are sweeping across Lahaina on the island of Maui. Six deaths have been confirmed and the fires continue to burn as evacuations continue. Southwest Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines are stepping up and offering fares off of the island for as little as $19.
Several burn patients from Maui were being treated at Straub Medical Center in Honolulu, the hospital said in a statement. The facility has the only specialized burn unit in Hawaii.
Hawaiians rescued after fleeing to ocean to escape wildfires https://t.co/IeK3XaYefJ
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) August 9, 2023
The shocking pictures show towering flames and a path of destruction in the normally idyllic paradise.
Utter devastation left by the wildfires in Maui, Hawaï. It is far from hyperbole to say that Lahaina has been wiped off the map.
Credit: Vince Carter pic.twitter.com/dlwxTNY51R
— Nahel Belgherze (@WxNB_) August 9, 2023
Reports indicate that the damage is severe and a state of emergency has been declared. More than 2,000 people have been moved to shelters.
Wildfires, pushed by winds from Hurricane Dora, raced through parts of Hawaii, burning down businesses in Lahaina, Maui, injuring several people, forcing evacuations and leading some to flee to the relative safety of the ocean, where they were rescued by the Coast Guard. pic.twitter.com/SKZibg1J09
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 9, 2023
Wildfires that were spread as a result of winds from Hurricane Dora are to blame.
OMG Maui – shocking the whole way though. 👇
TikTok keeps taking it down from user SabrinaArmijo0 who told me, “It was on LahainaLuna road, going down to the mill in Lahaina. Just trying to stay safe and not knowing where to go.”
I’ll post where to help in the thread. pic.twitter.com/yfFJK6cgby
— Larry Huynh (@larryhuynh) August 9, 2023
This is a tragedy and just the latest fire to rage this summer. Greece and Sicily saw wildfires strike last month.
Southwest Airlines is stepping up to offer $19 flights off of Maui through Friday. Pet fees have been reduced to $1.
View from the Wing reported on this internal memo from Southwest Airlines. It reads:
Due to the ongoing wildfires in Maui, and the need for people to get off of that Island, Southwest is offering $19.00 fares for all nonstop interisland flights today through Friday. There are also lower fares from Hawaii to the mainland for that same timeframe. The interisland pet fare is being decreased to $1.00 per flight. The fares have been published online, and Customers have already begun booking.”
Hawaiian Airlines has matched the $19 pricing through Friday.
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa is also setting up cots to take in displaced people and provide shelter.
Anthony’s Take: The devastation in Maui is horrific. Hopefully, firefighters will be able to soon get the blaze under control. If you have vacation plans that include Maui, look to change those ASAP as this is not a place to go right now due to the ongoing disaster.
(Featured Image Credit: Zeke Kalua/County of Maui.)
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