Record Wildfire Burns Amid Drought on Hawaii’s Big Island
August 3, 2021
Source: ABC News
Approximate impacted areas:
– Honokaa (Hawaii County, 96727)
– Waikoloa Village (Hawaii County, 96738, 96743)
– Waimea (Hawaii County, 96743)
NOTE: This has NOT yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.
Firefighters have gained more control over a Hawaii wildfire that forced thousands of people to evacuate over the weekend and destroyed at least two homes on the Big Island
Authorities have lifted evacuation orders but warned they could be reinstated at any time and that people should be ready to go.
“It’s the biggest (fire) we’ve ever had on this island,” Big Island Mayor Mitch Roth said of the more than 62-square-mile (160-square-kilometer) blaze. “With the drought conditions that we’ve had, it is of concern. You see something like this where you’re putting thousands of homes in danger, it’s very concerning.”
Even though Hawaii has a wet, tropical climate that isn’t typically at risk from large fires, blazes could become more frequent as climate change-related weather patterns intensify.
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