How did the Maui fire start? A visual guide to the causes


Wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui have killed at least 55 people, destroyed more than 250 buildings in historic Lahaina Town and forced hundreds to evacuate. Thousands of residents are without power.

The fires started Tuesday and fanned out across the island, growing in size and destructive power. Hawaii declared a state of emergency on Wednesday.

Although wildfires have quadrupled in Hawaii in recent decades, the causes of this week’s fires haven’t been determined. But a combination of weather factors generated what the National Weather Service calls “red flag” conditions in which fires are likely to start and spread.

In Hawaii, those factors include:


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