A fast-moving brush fire in Hawaii forced the evacuation of the Maui Humane Society Pu’unene shelter and the Central Maui Baseyard on Sunday, August 30, according to local reports.
Officials said the fire in Central Maui was reported around 1 pm on Sunday and quickly grew to 1,500 acres.
The Maui Humane Society shared this video showing the safe evacuation and staging of all animals and staff members at a nearby school. In the video, the humane society wrote that after around 4.5 hours, officials gave them the go-ahead to return the animals to the shelter.
In a Facebook post, the shelter thanked the Maui Fire Department, Maui Police Department, and Maui High School, as well as “our volunteers, foster families, staff, donors and all the amazing members of our community that came running when we needed help.”
The National Weather Service had issued a red flag warning for the area. As of Sunday night, fire officials said the blaze was 85 percent contained. Credit: Maui Humane Society via Storyful