Hawaiian Airlines tweeted: "Due to the #MauiFire and road closure in Kīhei, Maui, we are offering our guests travel waivers for flights departing to/from/via Kahului (OGG) and Kapalua (JHM) on July 11 or July 12, 2019".
The fire had scorched 3,000 acres on central Maui, leading to evacuations of residents of Kihei and Maalaea as it burned out of control Thursday, the mayor's office said.
Thousands of people on Hawaii's Maui Island have been ordered to evacuate from two communities after a spreading wildfire sent smoke billowing into the sky. We're not going to send any firefighters into harm's way, ' Victorino said Thursday.
A Hawaii brush fire so large it could be seen from outer space triggered the temporary evacuation of almost 600 people as it tore through about 10,000 acres of old sugar cane fields and dry vegetation, according to new reports.
The fire remained uncontained while firefighters continued to watch it overnight. It was able to quickly spread after "feeding" on large areas of fallow, former sugar cane fields, and dry brush, officials said.
The brush fire was reported about 10:30 a.m., local time, and steady winds of up to 20 miles per hour fanned the flames, officials said.
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The Fire Department's Air One and Two helicopters responded to the scene to make air drops of water. About 600 residents in the town of Maalaea and in parts of Kihei were ordered to evacuate.
Flights at Kahului Airport were briefly diverted, but operations have returned to normal.
Reuters reports that about 500 people had evacuated to three shelters.
Oprah Winfrey, who has a home in the county, also gave officials access to her private road to help with efforts fighting the fire. Maui high school was accommodating about 200 cats and dogs moved from a local animal shelter, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. 'A big mahalo to Oprah for giving Maui County access to your private road for use to assist in the Maui fire, ' Hawaii Gov. David Ige tweeted.
No injuries or damage to structures were reported, but some farm equipment had burned, HawaiiNewsNow reported.