Hawaii death toll rises to 80 as firefighters seek containment of deadly wildfires

 August 13, 2023

The total death toll from a deadly wildfire that destroyed the city of Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii has climbed to 80 as firefighters work to contain multiple fires and have succeeded in completely containing another.

According to an update from officials, "The [Ka’anapali] fire is in the area where a county fueling station was positioned Friday to distribute an estimated 3,000 gallons of gas and 500 gallons of diesel for an estimated 400 vehicles that were lined up before the operation began. No fuel will be distributed Saturday. Firefighters continue working to extinguish flare-ups and contain fires in Lahaina, Pulehu/Kihei and Upcountry Maui."

This latest update means that the death toll is just five short of the deadly Camp Fire which destroyed the town of Paradise, California, and killed 85 people.

Right now, firefighters have achieved 85% containment on the Lahaina fire, the Pulehu/Kihei fire is at 80%, and the Upcountry Maui fire is at 50%.

The Lahaina fire completely destroyed the city of the same name, and the images and videos that have surfaced show unbelievable devastation.

Thousands have been displaced and the federal government is mobilizing everything to assist with disaster relief. Nonetheless, there is now a long road to recovery for the people of Maui.