In August 2023, Maui was hit by a series of devastating wildfires that resulted in widespread destruction and loss of life. Thousands of residents were displaced and over 100 fatalities were reported.
The city of Lahaina was hit particularly hard, with 2,200 buildings destroyed, 86% of which were residential. Personal accounts from residents such as Chris Phillips and La Phena Davis paint a vivid picture of the terrible ordeal of fleeing the approaching flames. In one remarkable story, a mother and her two teenage children were forced to wade in the sea for five hours to escape the fire's relentless advance. While affected communities are struggling to cope with the aftermath of the disaster, mutual aid and support from organizations like the Red Cross have been crucial in providing for those in need. However, the full extent of the damage is still being determined, and affected areas remain closed for now.
The Hawaii National Guard and search teams continue to play an important role in responding to the disaster. They are working tirelessly to help those affected by the wildfires and to ensure the safety of remaining residents.
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