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.
1st Press Release for the May 13th launch of the Wildfire & Drought Look Out! statewide campaign.
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.
The current (2015-2016), strong El Niño is forecast to bring drier conditions to our region this summer and beyond. This PFX fact sheet illustrates how droughts under prior El Niños have resulted in extensive fires across the region. This indicates the current forecast is an opportunity to plan and increase preparedness for conditions of higher fire danger.
This research brief pulled together by the Joint Fire Science Program has a lot of great information on using goats for fuels treatment in WUI areas.
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.
Make sure to download the Emergency App and other on-the-go emergency alert resources for the whole mobile suite.
Be ready for wildfire with Wildfire by the American Red Cross. Get the latest state-by-state Wildfire news and updates, prepare your family, home and pets, let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area that is susceptible to wildfires or has loved ones that do.
Sign-up for County of Hawaii Civil Defense's Message & Alert system and customize how you want emergency alerts delivered to you (e-mail, phone, etc.).
A few years ago, we joined coordination efforts with the Western Regional Strategy Committee (established in 2011) "to support and facilitate implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy across the West", including Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.
Find out more about the Western Region Cohesive Strategy through their website where they have catalogued all of their newsletter and other helpful links.
To better understand the needs of our stakeholders across the State, we are always looking at new, innovative ways to visualize what's important to people.
For the 2015 Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium, HWMO created a poster for the poster session that we shared with a number of individuals involved in conservation work across the State and the Pacific.
The poster board, designed by Pablo Beimler (Education & Outreach Coordinator) and written by Pablo, Elizabeth Pickett (Executive Director), and Ilene Grossman (Planning Assistant), emphasizes the importance of collecting agency and community input before moving forward on wildfire mitigation projects.
Here's an abstract from the poster board:
"Addressing the wildfire issues that persist on the Hawaiian Islands requires collaboration and communication among diverse parties due to the cross-field, cross-jurisdictional nature of wildfires. For years, Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization has been a model for thoroughly engaging its partners and community members in each step of the collaboration process. One of the key reasons HWMO’s projects have been relevant and successful is that the organization only moves forward on projects that are directly driven by stakeholder’s needs. HWMO makes every effort to collect input from land managers, planners, County/State/Federal agencies, local communities, and any other parties affected by wildfire in order to truly understand what is needed on-the-ground. Our display visually highlights the plethora of input we have gathered from the past couple of years, primarily through the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) process."