ABC NEWS – A state of emergency has been declared for the whole island, while all nonessential travel to the popular vacation destination is being discouraged, officials said. The Big Island of Hawaii has also been affected by wildfires. The winds are being caused by a strong high pressure system to the north and a strong low pressure system — Hurricane Dora — well to the south. The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday it has rescued 57 people amid its response to the Lahaina wildfires in Maui. Seventeen people were saved from the water, while another 40 were found ashore by Coast Guard Station Maui boat crews, it said.
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