HWMO and its firefighting and natural resource management partners gathered at the Pohakuloa Training Area to share updates about fire mitigation and planning work that has taken place throughout the last year. HWMO released, for the first time, results of our statewide community hazard assessments, as well as draft maps of a statewide fire event history. Over fifty partners from eighteen agencies and organizations attended the event, as well as two County Council Members and State Representative Cindy Evans.
The PFX field tour, following the meeting, to Mauna Kea State Park was the first tour PFX had organized in its young existence. The tour highlighted, at the physical location of the Mauna Kea State Park Fire, the first-hand experiences of fighting the fire - topics included fire boundaries, initial and extended attack details, incident command, mop-up, results of the After Action Review, and suppression challenges/successes. These topics were led by five of our partners (including one of our very own Board of Directors):
- Eric Moller, PTA Army Fire Chief
- Glen Timbal, PTA Army Assistant Fire Chief
- Jay Hatayama, DOFAW Protection Forester
- Wayne Ching, DOFAW Fire Management Officer
- Miles Nakahara, HWMO President
The tour concluded with a discussion on the ramifications on future fire and resource management for this area and its included and nearby critical habitat.
Banner photo: Field Tour of Mauna Kea State Park, after the meeting, to highlight the 2010 wildfire.