Death Toll in Lahaina Rises to 111 as Maui Identifies More Wildfire Victims
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The Lahaina wildfire death toll increased by five on Wednesday — to 111 — more than a week after flames ripped through the historic town.
Meanwhile, Maui continued to slowly release the names of those who have died.
Three more victims, all elderly, were identified Wednesday and authorities said positive IDs were made on others.
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Also on Wednesday, officials responded to mounting questions about the crisis.
Gov. Josh Green bristled at suggestions that there is growing distrust and frustration to the government’s response to the wildfire, suggesting those are rumors being spread on social media.
And Maui’s Emergency Management officials pushed back against questions about why sirens weren’t sounded, saying that could have worsened the situation by prompting people to flee toward the flames. At the same time, Green said the state will conduct a thorough review of what happened to determine if protocols should be changed or if additional systems are needed.