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At least six people have died due to the rapidly spreading wildfires on Maui, and at least 20 are injured. The fires are raging on today and emergency response resources are at their limits. Now's a time to avoid all travel to Maui, and evacuate the island as soon as possible (there are cheap flights listed below). We've got more details for you below and will add any new developments as they come. ⬇️
For the time being, Maui has an emergency proclamation in effect, and officials have urged everyone to leave the island where possible. In addition to the huge natural impact of the fires, most of Lahaina in Northwestern Maui has burnt down. At least 14 people were rescued after jumping into the ocean to escape the fast-spreading blaze.
There are also smaller-scale fired occurring on the Big Island, which haven't had as large an impact as of now. Emergency shelter has been set up on neighboring islands for folks impacted on Maui.
Anybody with Hawaiian Airlines tickets through August 20th can cancel and get their money back. Other major airlines offer similar flexibility, generally covering other Hawaiian airports, too — check with your airline and don't plan to travel to Hawaii in the coming days.
If you need to get out of Maui, there are flights for $19 off of the island for today and tomorrow. And for the time being, hold off on planning trips to Maui, as the full impact of these wildfires is still to be determined.
There are a lot of developments going on with Maui's wildfires, so we'll update you with anything widely relevant to travelers.
We stand with the people in Maui and Hawaii and are deeply saddened to see this news. If you're looking for ideas on how to help, Hawaii News Now has put together a list of what you can do.
Sources: Hawaii News Now and the New York Times