Maui fire

Fires break out on Hawaii’s Maui island

The cause of the fires, which have scorched hundreds of acres, was not immediately known, according to Hawaii News Now. The broadcaster said a woman had been hospitalised with serious burns.

Little rain had poured on Maui on Sunday, the broadcaster said, but the winds were intense, creating problems for firefighters battling to contain the blaze.

Authorities were wishing the hurricane would pick up speed and douse the blazing area with some rain.