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Police identify suspect in Hawaii wildfire

July 18, 2019

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Police have identified a suspect in a Hawaii wildfire that burned 14 square miles (36 square kilometers).

Maui police said Wednesday that 28-year-old Holden Bingham was arrested on suspicion of arson then released on that allegation while the investigation continues. The blaze that began last week burned mostly farm land.

The Maui News reports the fire that began last week is completely contained and cost the county as much as $400,000 for fire operations.

Lt. Gregg Okamoto told The Associated Press that Bingham remains a suspect. He’s still in custody because of outstanding warrants.

State Public Defender Jack Tonaki, whose office has previously represented Bingham, says it’s too early to comment on his behalf.

Tonaki says it’s not yet known if a public defender will be appointed to represent Bingham.

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