Wildfire LOOKOUT! is a continuing campaign to keep people across the state informed of current fire and drought conditions, provide tips on protecting life and property from wildfires, and to provide information and education on how to deal with prolonged drought. More than three dozen federal, state and county government agencies and supporting organizations are a part of the effort.
Community Wildfire Preparedness Day is May 6! Here are two exciting ways to get involved:
Hawaii has a wildfire problem.
Each year, about 0.5% of Hawaii's total land area burns each year, equal to or greater than the proportion burned of any other US state. Over 98% of wildfires are human caused. Human ignitions coupled with an increasing amount of nonnative, fire-prone grasses and shrubs and a warming, drying climate have greatly increased the wildfire problem.
Hawaii's communities and resources are at risk.
Wildfires are a mauka to makai issue, affecting everything from human safety, infrastructure, drinking water, agricultural production, cultural resources, native forests, watersheds, and coral reefs.
We are working with you to protect our ʻāina.
Through our extensive partnerships and grassroots efforts, we are making our way towards reducing the number of wildfires and significantly reducing the wildfire risk for communities and precious natural resources throughout the State of Hawaii.
Dealing with wildfires in Hawaii takes a collective effort.
Thankfully there are proactive and passionate people like you who want to help.
Here are some great ways to take action!
Take Part in an Upcoming Event
Be Alert and Prepared
Wildfires are a frequent and significant hazard across Hawaii. Help do you part by preventing wildfire and taking steps to prepare your home, family, and community from wildfire!
Find out about the many other ways that you can help!
Community Fuels Reduction
Now's the time to reach out to your neighbors and organize a community fuels reduction project (free chipper days, tree services, etc.). This is an important step towards becoming a Certified Firewise Community. We have funding until the summer of 2017 to help establish your community as a Firewise Community.