At the start of the Aug. 10 Rio Rancho City Council meeting, Mayor Gregg Hull included some words on the Maui Fires during his appreciation for first responders.

“I would like to take a moment to keep the citizens and first responders of Maui in our thoughts and prayers,” Hull said.

Hull was not the only one to bring this up though.

When comment was open for other councilors, District 1 Councilor Jim Owen had a few words as well.

“As most of you know, my wife is from Maui. It is a horrible thing to watch because I just walked down those streets about a year ago, and it’s all been burnt to the ground, basically,” Owen said.

So far, nearly 100 lives have been lost to the fire.