Oprah Winfrey opens her private road during Maui fire to help evacuations

Oprah Winfrey has opened up her private road on her property in Maui to help people quickly escape a brush fire that broke out Thursday.

Residents in the town of Maalaea and parts of Kihei were sent an evacuation notice on their phones, and flights to the island were diverted.

Winfrey responded to a tweet that she had given immediate access to her private road.

"Hi there Jack, Access to the road was given to county officials immediately. This was many hours ago. Hoping for the safety of all," she wrote.

Hawaii's Governor David Ige tweeted his appreciation.