Despite recent rain, extreme drought is forecasted for the coming months due to the recent El Nino event, which was in the top two El Ninos on record since 1950. Active wildfire seasons are known to follow El Nino events, and have led to some of Hawaii’s largest wildfires on both windward and leeward sides. This year is no exception. Drought and wildfires are projected to be extreme in the coming months. It has already been a busy year for firefighters statewide. With some preparedness and awareness, wildfires and their impacts can be reduced by simple actions such as parking your car away from dry grass and managing the vegetation around your home.
May is Wildfire Preparedness Month. Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO), firefighters, and government agencies across Hawaii are encouraging you to take action toward protecting your loved ones, homes, and Hawaii’s natural resources from wildfire. There are many ways you can help. On May 7th, National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, communities across the U.S. will be holding action days to prepare their neighborhoods and reduce wildfire hazards. You can be a part of an amazing movement by gathering your family, friends, and neighbors for preparedness activities that range from evacuation planning to flammable vegetation removal.
There are many ways you can take action with your family, friends, and neighbors to protect your community from wildfire.
DONATE to HWMO this May
HWMO’s staff and partners are working hard to ensure Hawaii’s communities, lands, and waters are safe from wildfires. HWMO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on generous contributions from people like you. You can make a difference this May by donating at our charity boxes hosted at these Hawaii Island locations:
- Waikoloa Village Pro Shop
- Banjy's Restaurant
- Waikoloa Community Church
- Lava Java in Kona and Waikoloa
- Daylight Mind in Kona and Waikoloa
- Healthways Waimea
- Waimea Coffee Company
- Waimea Annunciation Church
- Puako Ascension Church
- My Bar in Kona
Mahalo to the businesses and organizations helping us make a difference. And, of course, mahalo to you for your kōkua!
You can also make a donation on our secure webpage.