Today I'm sharing with you a little bit of chaos from a few nights ago. Brush fires on the island are no joke, and things can go from 'Wow, look at that fire' to 'Grab your stuff, we gotta evac' in a very short time. This particular blaze was the result of a failed substation transformer. The transformer exploded, caught the grass nearby on fire, and then it was crazy town. The wind was up around 20mph, which made containment seemingly impossible. Fortunately, it did not spread close enough to our neighborhood to evac, but it was looking grim for a time.
After battling the fire through the night, the Maui Fire Dept crew was able to wrangle it into submission. The next day, they had a heli flying a water bucket around all day long, followed by a much needed rain that evening.
Ahhhh, the lesser-known events of living in a coastal desert in paradise....