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  • Writer's pictureMarissa Molano

Maui Fires

Updated: Oct 6, 2023

On August 8th, 2023, fires started spreading along the Hawaiian island of Maui. Since then, the death toll has reached over 100 people and many residents have lost their homes, fighting for their lives by jumping in the sea and swimming away from the danger.

Since the fires have begun, everyone has been skeptical about how these fires have started, because it caused so much damage. Because there is no answer, everyone has their conspiracies.

The damage that the fires have caused to the island of Maui are so significant that the island is unrecognizable. Many homes and families have been lost in what we hope is a natural disaster, rather than an electrical problem that people are speculating.

Rather than speaking about what started the fires, we need to be talking about the danger that the island and its people are in. As of August 17, 2023, the death toll reached a new number of 111. According to CNN, nearly 40% of the burn zone was searched and still over 1,000 people are missing, making this one of the deadliest wildfires in all of the United States history in over 100 years.

The town of Lahaina is mourning the loss of young lives, as some of the people who were reported dead were kids who were sent home from school, without the knowledge that the fires were reaching their homes. It was also reported that the sirens did not go off as Hawaiian citizens know that when the sirens go off, citizens must report towards the mountains, which is where the fires were coming from. The state of Hawaii had to make the executive decision to not display the siren for the citizens safety.

There have been many donations and forms to help Hawaii in these rough times, as well as prayers; send prayers to Hawaii.


Cover photo from Contractor News, Alex Bustillos and RawPixels: https://www.contractornews.com/709/maui-residents-come-together-in-wake-of-tragedy


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