Guests Return to Threatened Maui Resorts

MAUI (Ben Caxton) — After a wildfire caused a hectic door-to-door evacuation of a five-star Mauai resort Sunday night, the guests have returned to enjoy the rest of their vacation. Mauai firefighters reported yesterday that the Wailea fire was 60 percent contained after burning more than 200 acres. A spokesman at the Hotel Wailea resort reported that hotel operations were back to normal Monday with guests returning to their rooms from other hotels the resort had booked for them during the one-night evacuation. Another resort, the Grand Wailea, had to rely on backup generators for a time as the fire apparently caused a substation to fail causing an electrical blackout for a time. Maui officials say there are no injuries or property damage reported. Winds that fanned the fast-moving fire have died down and a Red Cross shelter for evacuees has closed.

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