- Oprah opened up the road to her 163-acre Maui ranch after wildfires spread throughout the Hawaiian region on Thursday.
- “Maui is on fire consider opening the ranch road so we can get upcountry,” one person tweeted the former talk show host.
- “Access to the road was given to county officials immediately. This was many hours ago,” Oprah responded.
- The move won Oprah praise from Hawaii’s Governor David Ige who wrote: “A big mahalo to @Oprah for giving @mauicounty access to your private road.”
- Thousands of residents in central Maui were ordered to evacuate, Maui Mayor Mike Victorino told a news conference as the brush fires spread through 3,000 acres of land.
- So far, no injuries have been reported.
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Oprah Winfrey won praise from Hawaii’s Governor David Ige on Thursday after opening up the private land on her 163-acre Maui estate to aid people escaping wildfires on the island.
“A big mahalo [Hawaiian for ‘thank you’] to @Oprah for giving @mauicounty access to your private road for use to assist in the #Mauifire,” Ige wrote on Twitter.
— Governor David Ige (@GovHawaii) July 12, 2019
Oprah had responded to one person on Twitter who tagged the talk show host saying: “Maui is on fire consider opening the ranch road so we can get upcountry.”
Oprah replied: “Hi there Jack, Access to the road was given to county officials immediately. This was many hours ago. Hoping for the safety of all.”
Hi there Jack, Access to the road was given to county officials immediately. This was many hours ago. Hoping for the safety of all. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/BxsPNUkkJC
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) July 12, 2019
Thousands of residents in Kihei and Maalaea in central Maui were ordered to evacuate areas on Thursday, Maui Mayor Mike Victorino told a news conference.
The brush fire had spread 3,000 acres, according to the mayor who added that firefighters would not attempt to tackle it overnight because it was too dangerous.
“We can’t fight the fire tonight,” he said. “We’re not going to send any firefighters into harm’s way.”
So far, no injuries have been recorded, but Hawaii News Now reported that some farm equipment had burned.
Meanwhile, smoke from the fire was visible from space the National Weather Service said.
— NWSHonolulu (@NWSHonolulu) July 12, 2019
Oprah also owns a $52 million estate in Montecito, California, a mansion in Telluride, Colorado, which she bought for $14 million in 2014 and a 23-acre horse farm estate, also in Montecito, which she bought for $29 million back in 2016.
While it’s unclear how much the star’s Maui property cost, an adjacent property went up for sale in 2016 for $32 million.
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