Shocking footage of an out-of-control wildfire burning in Hawaii has been shared on Twitter, showing the devastation.
The epicenter of the destruction is in the Hawaiian town of Lahaina on the island of Maui. CBS News said, "People were jumping into the water to escape flames and smoke from a wind-fueled wildfire."
Strong wind and dry conditions have been fueling the fire. As of early Wednesday local time, fires were active in Lahaina, Kula, North Kohala, and South Kohala.
BREAKING: Fires are spreading rapidly across western Maui. We have reports of residents jumping into the ocean to avoid the flames in Lahaina. The blaze is so strong that the smoke plume is appearing on the radar.— Drew Davis🤙 (@DrewDavisWX) August 9, 2023
Our thoughts and prayers go out to west Maui tonight. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/vWDGlB51g7
Acting governor Sylvia Luke declared an emergency on Tuesday and activated the National Guard to help with evacuation efforts.
Here's footage from Lahaina:
This is what it looked like earlier on Maui. If you've been to my hometown of Lahaina...I fear it is no longer. I dread what it will look like in the morning. An apocalyptic scene is unfolding due to the fires raging across my island. Please pray for us. pic.twitter.com/88V2kjjpyV— HawaiiDelilah™ 🟦 (@HawaiiDelilah) August 9, 2023
So basically the entire island is on fire. Somehow where I am, the driest part of the island, has been so far spared.— Shayla Maddox 🎨🏝️ (@shaylamaddox) August 9, 2023
This is Lahaina town, the popular tourist town on the island. (Not my video.) Apartments and stores have burned down. pic.twitter.com/msvj6lPgIg
Driving through the horrific #wildfire in Hawaii!— Earth42morrow (@Earth42morrow) August 9, 2023
Warning! Disturbing content. People in the car seem to have witnessed a dead woman on the streets as they drive by the hellscape
VC: meanhawaii on Instagram #Maui #Hawaii #Dora #Lahaina #HurricaneDora #Heatwave #Fire #Climate… pic.twitter.com/ogykA8cVTT