The Governor of Hawaii thanked Oprah Winfrey on Twitter late Thursday for allowing county officials to access a private road lying on her ranch property to facilitate evacuation after the fire who swept Maui a few hours earlier.
Winfrey was apparently ahead of his Hawaiian neighbors on Thursday. After several social media users turned to Twitter to ask the former talk show host to stay safe, she said she had "immediately" cleared the agents to fight against her. Fire to access his private road to conduct evacuations "many hours" before Twitter users ask him. she does it.
After the fire that broke out and spread, the fire officials ordered thousands of residents to evacuate the Kihei and Maalaea areas, reported Hawaii News Now. The Maui authorities have also closed the highways so that fire crews can fight the growing fire. As smoke clouds swept through the Hawaiian skies, Twitter users made a call to Winfrey to access her private route.
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"@Oprah Maui is on fire, consider opening the ranch road so we can get in the country," wrote Jack Moussally.
"@Oprah Kihei has only one path to follow with this #mauifire. If you can help us, do it, please! Wrote Erin Hayden-Baldauf.
A third person even claimed that people would "burn" if Oprah did not open her way to the public.
But the 65-year-old media mogul assured everyone on Thursday that access had been granted.
"It was several hours ago," she writes. "Hoping for the safety of all."
At the same time, the Hawaii Ministry of Transportation announced Thursday that the Kuihelani and Maui Veterans Highway in Kahului were reopened Thursday night. Flights to Kahului's official airport (OGG) were also redirected, the agency added. County officials have opened several shelters for displaced residents. Power outages were also expected on the island. The National Weather Service tweeted Thursday night that the fire was so important that its smoke was visible from the space.
No deaths or injuries were reported immediately.
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Winfrey would own 100 acres in the Hana area and 1,000 acres in the north of the island of Maui. The Maui property includes a 12-bedroom ranch and a 4-km private road, reported Maui Time in 2011.
It was not known if Oprah was on the island during the fire. Last week, she shared on Instagram two photos of a Weight Watchers event that she organized on her ranch in Hawaii, prompting Twitter users to ask her for help Thursday.
Winfrey would also own homes in California, Colorado, Florida, and New Jersey, as well as in Chicago, the city where his talk show was based for many years.