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"POWERS THAT BE" RESPONSIBLE: New Footage from Maui Fire Ground Zero Shows Hawaii Police..

•, Bruce Hoenshell

The blazes spread rapidly due to very dry conditions stemming from a drought combined with powerful winds. Much of the historic town of Lahaina has been "destroyed," officials said, and the inferno has burned thousands of residential and commercial buildings to the ground.

Dozens of people have been confirmed dead, with even more missing.

The death toll from the fires is now at 111, Hawaii Gov. Josh Green told reporters at the latest news conference.

The governor said more personnel and resources, including 10 extra cadaver dogs, have been deployed to the affected areas. Roughly 38% of the impact zone has been searched, he said.

Green said roughly 2,000 Maui Electric Company customers are still without power and cautioned that it could take a long time for restoration.

A fire near Maui's Kaanapali area is now 80% controlled and evacuations have been stopped, the Maui Police Department said in an update.

The footage that is circulating on social media makes the Maui PD look really bad!