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Protecting communities and natural resources from wildfire in Hawaii
Protecting communities and natural resources from wildfire in Hawaii

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The Waikoloa Village Association (WVA) Fire Management Action Committee is hosting a Community Firewise Forum on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Waikoloa School starting at 5:30 PM.


Confirmed roundtable attendees will include representatives from Hawaii Fire and Police Departments, U.S. Army-Garrison Pohakuloa, County Civil Defense, Hawaii Water Service, Waikoloa Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), County Council Representatives, WVA, and Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO)


We will share lessons learned from the August fire that burned over 18,000 acres in Waikoloa: what worked, what did not and what could be improved upon. In addition, ample time will be provided for audience questions and answers.


#Waikoloa #HIFire


More info:


http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/upcoming-events/waikoloa-village-association-firewise-community-roundtable-forum

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Over the last several years, HWMO has prioritized adaptive measures such as Firewise Communities and strategic, cross-boundary vegetation management planning to ready areas for the rapidly changing conditions causing more and larger wildfires in Hawaii. The gravity of the situation is real with climate change, but there is so much we can do in our own communities to prepare for wildfires and other climate hazards. Learn how by visiting our Take Action page and the Wildfire Lookout! page.

Check out this excellent article with some of our close partners, including Dr. Clay Trauernicht and Michael Walker, who were interviewed and data that HWMO was instrumental in laying the groundwork for — the statewide wildfire history database we produced with our fire agency partners. Although sobering, it is great to see this data put to use for a better understanding of how climate change affects Hawaii locally.

"In Hawaii, wildfires generally ignite during the dry season, typically between May and November, when it's hotter, drier and windier outside.

But models show that the drier leeward areas, where fires are more frequent, will see even less rainfall as a result of climate change, exacerbating drought conditions and expanding the length of Hawaii's dry season.

That means more favorable conditions for brush fires to ignite."

http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/news-center/a-warming-planet-could-trigger-more-intense-wildfire-season-in-hawaii

#ClimateChange #WildfireLOOKOUT #HIFire #808news
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In Hawaii, wildfires generally ignite during the dry season, typically between May and November, when it's hotter, drier and windier outside.

But models show that the drier leeward areas, where fires are more frequent, will see even less rainfall as a result of climate change, exacerbating drought conditions and expanding the length of Hawaii's dry season.

That means more favorable conditions for brush fires to ignite.

And it's only going to get hotter. A regional NOAA report estimates that in Hawaii, temperatures are expected to rise by 4 to 5 degrees by 2085 — under a worst case emission scenario.

"If you have hotter days, the conditions that are going to promote your most active fires — like the hottest, windiest conditions — have the potential to last longer for hours within a span of a day," Trauernicht said, pointing to the Makaha fire that continued burning in the early evening, when temperatures are normally dropping and humidity levels usually go up.

http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/news-center/a-warming-planet-could-trigger-more-intense-wildfire-season-in-hawaii

#ClimateChange #WildfireLOOKOUT #HIFire #808news

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“No matter what happens, we need to keep moving forward,” said Haraguchi-Nakayama, whose family operates Hanalei Taro. “People in Hawaii are resilient by coming together as a community during times of crisis. Farmers are vulnerable to so many things beyond our control. Farmers need to be resilient in order to continue farming.”

Farmers in the Pacific on the front-lines of climate-related natural disasters such as cyclones and wildfires. We must do all we can to ensure our farmlands are protected from these growing threats to our food and people’s livelihoods. If you are a farmer or own/operate large lands in Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, check out the Pacific Fire Exchange pre-fire planning resources: http://www.pacificfireexchange.org/research-publications/category/pre-fire-planning?rq=pre-fire%20plan

http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/news-center/repeated-natural-disasters-pummel-hawaiis-farms-affecting-macadamia-nuts-taro-papaya-flower-harvests

#WildfireLOOKOUT #climateresilience #resiliency #PacificIslands

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Tickets are out now!

Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization is hosting its 2nd annual Firefighter Chili Cook-Off for Wildfire Prevention on November 3. Come one, come all for chili tasting, drinks, live music, silent auction, prizes, and fun for a great cause. Proceeds will go towards HWMO's critical wildfire efforts to protect Hawaii's communities, lands, and waters.

Early bird tickets: $60
Tickets at the door: $75
Kids under 12 FREE

Emergency Personnel: $30
VIP Table for 6: $500 with special perks!

Ticket includes tasting, nonalcoholic drinks, dessert, and 1 beer/wine ticket!

Get your early bird tickets today:
https://hawaiiwildfire.ejoinme.org/Cook-off-2018

Stay tuned for more event details, but in the meantime, make sure to buy your tickets pronto to be a part of the festivities at the early bird price!

#HIWildfireChili #ChiliCookOff
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A very comprehensive list worth checking out (and making checklists from) to prepare for Hurricane Lane. Mahalo City & County of Honolulu Honolulu Department of Emergency Management for creating such a valuable resource for us all to use and share!

Our office is closed today in preparedness for the storm.

We wish for everyone's safety and DO be as prepared as possible!

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/08/21/weather-updates/city-releases-extensive-hurricane-and-tropical-storm-preparedness-guide/

#HurricaneLane #Lane #HurricanePrep #Hawaii

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The 2018 wildfire season has kept firefighters busy, scorched native forests, forced numerous evacuations, burned homes and businesses...and it is only August.


As Hurricane Lane approaches, threatening to add another impact to the list, post-fire flooding and landslides, we want to remind you that there is a lot you can do to protect your home and family from wildfires. Great tips provided by HPD, aligned with Wildfire LOOKOUT! info at hawaiiwildfire.org/lookout


From the Source:


Combined, more than 30,000 acres total across Hawaii have been blackened by wildfires this year alone. That's compared to 2017 where nearly 7,700 acres were burned, according to the Pacific Fire Exchange's 2017 wildfire summary.


Capt. Seguirant says the easiest way to reduce the risk is by maintaining homes and yards in dry summer months, and keeping brush trimmed back. It's also important to clear porches, gutters and declutter outdoor spaces.


"Just remove any wood piles, lumber, anything that can actually catch on fire," he said. "You want to make sure you put those things away. Trim back your fire break. Make sure there's 10 to 30 feet of cleared brush between your home."


More tips here:

http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/news-center/2018-has-been-a-wild-year-for-wildfires-far-surpassing-numbers-since-2015


#WildfireLOOKOUT #Wildfire #HurricaneLane


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The statewide acreage burnt continues to increase this year. Help do your part by preventing ignitions. hawaiiwildfire.org/lookout

"Honolulu firefighters are investigating the cause of a Wahiawa brush fire that charred 75 acres of land on Whitmore Avenue Friday night.

Police shut down Kamehameha Highway from Dole Plantation to Whitmore Avenue as city and federal fire crews worked to douse the flames.

HFD officials believe the fire started on Saipan Road, which leads to a military installation. The area, which has a homeless encampment, is known for illegal dumping."

http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/news-center/wahiawa-brush-fire-scorches-75-acres-of-land

#Oahu #WildfireLOOKOUT #HInews #808news
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Did you know 99 percent of wildfires in Hawaii are started by people? This West Hawaii Today article written by reporter Max Dible, explores the effects of drought on wildfire.


Check out HawaiiWildfire.org/lookout for tips on what you can do to help protect your home and family from wildfire.


From the Source:


Tamara Hynd, program and operations assistant with the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, said wildfires have already burned through roughly 34,000 acres across the state, more than double the yearly average of 17,000 with more than four months of a dry year yet to go.


“Drought always plays a factor because the longer it goes on, the more intense it gets,” she said. “Your larger fuels begin to dry out more and more.”


Some advice she offered to mitigate risk is to avoid parking on dry grass because heat from exhaust systems can ignite it, or to keep heavy machinery like welding equipment and weed whackers away from dry areas, as such work can result in sparks that start fires.


http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/news-center/drought-in-west-hawaii-increases-risk-of-wildfires-running-rampant-already


#WildfireLOOKOUT #WildfireReadyHI #Wildfire


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Spread the word, not wildfires.

Here's HWMO Executive Director Elizabeth Pickett's radio interview with Hawaii Public Radio talking about Wildfire LOOKOUT! tips.

There's a lot we can do to help prevent wildfires and reduce hazards. Check out HawaiiWildfire.org/lookout for tips.

Thanks to Catherine Cruz from HPR for helping spread the word.

Take a listen!

http://www.hawaiiwildfire.org/news-center/the-conversation-fire-campaign-look-out-for-wildfires

#WildfireLOOKOUT #WildfireReadyHI #HInews #808news
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