Photos: Deadly Wildfires Sweep Across Maui (15 photos)

This post is by Pierre-Louis Ferrer from The Atlantic Photo

Yesterday, wildfires that were fanned by winds driven by a distant hurricane tore across the Hawaiian island of Maui, forcing thousands to flee, destroying hundreds of structures, and killing at least 36 people, according to an Associated Press report. The historic town of Lahaina was hit especially hard as the fast-moving fires burned through buildings toward the waterfront, forcing a number of people to jump into the water to escape. Gathered below, early images from the disaster in Lahaina.

The roof of a structure burns with large flames visible in the background, as palm trees are blown by strong winds.
The hall of historic Waiola Church and nearby Lahaina Hongwanji Mission are engulfed in flames along Wainee Street on August 8, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii.

Matthew Thayer / The Maui News / AP)