'Looks Like Bomb Went Off': Death Toll Tops 55 From Maui Wildfires

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Aug 11, 2023 - 11:20 AM

The death toll from the wildfires that ravaged the resort town of Lahaina on the island of Maui jumped to 55 on Friday. Local authorities believe the count may rise, and recovery of remains could be days or even weeks. 

On the heels of Hawaii declaring a state of emergency, President Biden approved Hawaii's disaster declaration on Thursday, allowing federal funds to pour into Maui County. 

"Anyone who's lost a loved one, whose home has been damaged or destroyed, is going to get help immediately," Biden said. 

He continued, "Damage assessments are continuing, and additional forms of assistance may be designated after the assessments are fully completed." 

Earlier, Maui County Fire Chief Brad Ventura said the fire that leveled Lahaina was 80% contained. None of the fires burning in the area are 100% contained. 

Fire Map: Island of Maui 

Fire Map: Lahaina

Here's the aftermath in Lahaina. 

Before and After

More footage.

Hawaii Gov. Josh Green said the fire is the largest natural disaster in the state's history. He said there was no question in his mind that rebuilding the town would take billions of dollars and years. 

Green added: "It does appear like a bomb and fire went off, if I may. And all of those buildings virtually are going to have to be rebuilt."