| Aug 11, 2023
Maui Wildfire Response
Fire near Launiupoko on Maui Photo: County of Maui
Peace Winds prepares to work hand-in-hand with our local partners to assist Maui in their recovery
The death toll from the wildfires in Maui has risen to at least 55 people, with dozens more injured, and more than a 1000 remain missing as the fast-moving fire spread across the Hawaiian island. The fires have destroyed over 1,700 buildings including the historic Baldwin Home, which had been standing since the 1830s.
The fires were spurred by low humidity and dry conditions brought on by a moderate drought affecting over a third of Maui's 735 square miles. The fires were intensified by powerful winds from Hurricane Dora, a storm located around 1,000 miles away from Honolulu, bringing enhanced winds to the island. As of this writing, the Maui fires are about 80% contained and the Big Island fires are at least 60% contained.
First responders continue to focus on immediate rescue and relief, while Peace Winds is working closely with community level partners to provide food and shelter for survivors.
Thousands are displaced after being evacuated, with at least 14 rescued after seeking refuge in the ocean. Over 2,100 people sought refuge at four emergency shelters in Maui Tuesday night.
If you are able to help, please consider making a financial donation to support Peace Winds’ response.
Lahaina fire aftermath (c) 2023 Maxar Technologies