Alan Dickar, a resident of the town of Lahaina on Maui, saw one of his houses burn and the other engulfed in smoke as he evacuated the area due to fires.
"One of my houses definitely caught fire," he said, adding that his other properties "were completely covered in smoke."
"I did not see them burn, but I recognize there is a very good chance that they are not there anymore," he said.
Dickar said he has "never seen anything like this."
"The winds started overnight and there wasn't any real warning about this," he told CNN. "The thing about this wind is it was a lot of gusts — 40 or 50 miles an hour. And this is in the middle of the night because things were breaking, branches were coming down, and I went outside at one point, and I had trouble standing up against the wind."
While Dickar successfully evacuated Lahaina, he said he was forced to evacuate again when he reached the town of Kula, which had also received evacuation orders.
"So now, I'm in a totally different part of Maui in a rainforest, because I figured that was enough. And I'm safe here at least from a fire evacuation because it's a rainforest," he said.