Check out this video series put together by the NFPA and experience what happens one year, five years, and ten years after a major wildfire. The lessons learned from these videos focus largely on how you can take measures around your home and yard to reduce wildfire risks. One of the videos focuses on the ecological importance of wildfires on the mainland. It's important to keep in mind that in Hawaii and the Western Pacific, wildfires are NOT a part of the natural process and actually harm our native forests, watersheds, and coastlines.
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Stay up-to-date about various weather and fuels conditions in Hawaii that affect fire potential with this useful service from North Ops Predictive Services meteorologists. 4-month Significant Fire Potential Outlook products are available as a "pdf", powerpoint, or video.
In 2016, Maui had its worst wildfire season in many years. With barely any vegetation left in the burned areas to hold down silty soils, a mid-September storm rained down on the burned lands and carried trash and debris through our watersheds and out into the ocean. This video tells the story post-fire flooding and its impacts on our communities, lands, and waters.
Footage of post-fire flooding was filmed in West Maui on the days following the September 13th storm.
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PREVENT WILDFIRES TO PROTECT OUR OCEAN
Pablo Beimler - Producer, Writer, Videographer, Editor, Narrator
Elizabeth Pickett - Writer
Gordon Firestein - Launiupoko Videos
Doris Lang - Launiupoko Videos
Seri Niimi-Burch - Airport Fire Video
Music by Bensound.com - "Piano Moment"
This video was made possible through the support provided by U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, under the terms of Grant No. 16-DG-11052012-146. The opinions expressed in this video are those of the author(s) and does not necessarily reflect views of the U.S. Forest Service. USDA is an equal opportunity provider.
On May 13, 2016, a number of governmental and non-governmental partners released a statewide campaign called Wildfire & Drought Look Out! to inform residents and visitors of Hawaii to take action to prevent and prepare for wildfires.
The Nanakuli Fire in March of 2016 threatened a number of homes along the edges of the valley. However, some precious native plants were also in the path of the destructive fire. Here's the story behind what happened and the larger lesson of how wildfires impact Hawaii's native ecosystems.
Plenty of great tips on how to garden and landscape around your home to minimize wildfire risk. Although the area of focus is in Australia, many of the takeaways can apply directly to your home in Hawaii. It also makes an impact to hear about real stories from community members who experienced wildfire threats first-hand and learn from how they made their homes safer.
HWMO produced this short PSA video demonstrating the mauka-to-makai effects of wildfire with footage and photographs documenting the post-fire floods in Kawaihae in August 2015, that negatively impacted the nearshore resources including coral reefs.
This pre-recorded webinar goes through the ins and outs of choosing the right type of mulch for your Wildland/Urban Interface home.
Lisa Hadway, former administrator of the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife discusses the environmental and economic impacts of wildfires on Hawaii's native forests.
Fire footage is from a fire on January 23, 2015 that burned approximately 460 acres of mostly intact native forest in the Kipapa drainage above Mililani Mauka.