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American Metetological Society Newsletter: The Burning Issue

April 04, 2019

The National Centers for Environmental Information sets its sights on improving wildfire forecasts for Alaska and Hawaii

Hawaii Public Radio: Vulnerability & Resilience in Hawaii: Wildfires

March 30, 2018

Hurricanes and tsunamis get a lot more attention, but wildfires are one of Hawaii’s most common threats. Hundreds of wildfires break out across Hawaii every year. The vast majority of them are human-caused.

Hawaii News Now: "Wildland fire on Kauai's Na Pali Coast highlights drought conditions statewide"

September 26, 2017

"Large portions of Kauai's north shore remained closed Wednesday while firefighters battled a wildland blaze burning near Ha'ena State Park."

New Scientist: Flame Resistance: Aboriginal Australian knowledge could be an effective weapon against wildfires

July 08, 2017

"...we tend to ignore some crucial elements that determine how wildfires play out: landscape, people and the interaction between the two. And for effective solutions to the problem of wildfire...we should look to those people who have lived alongside fire the longest."

Maui News: "‘Good neighbors’ help to fight fires in remote Kahikinui homestead"

September 04, 2016

"'There have been some smaller meetings with the community and adjacent landowners in the past, but this was the first time so many people with such a broad range of experience and interest in collaboration came together that I'm aware of," said Andrea Buckman, coordinator for the Leeward Haleakala Watershed Restoration Partnership, which organized the event along with the Pacific Fire Exchange."

Hawaii News Now: "Well before summer, state exceeds budget for fighting wildfires"

March 21, 2016

"A massive blaze in Nanakuli is increasing the financial strain on the state agency in charge of fighting wildland fires. The flames have charred roughly 2,500 acres."

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: "Brush with disaster: the state's wildland firefighters need more resources to keep up with the blazes"

March 14, 2016

Front page: "Bedeviled by a deepening drought and hit by a couple major out-of-season brush fires, the state burned through its budget for fighting wildland fires in February, four months before the end of the fiscal year."

Hawaii News Now: "Hawaii faces increased wildfire risk this summer"

May 02, 2016

"This summer could be one of the worst in recent years for fast-moving wildfires in the islands."

Maui News: "'Grim' wildfire season expected in county"

May 28, 2023

"With forecasts calling for continued El Nino conditions and a dry winter across the state, researchers are anticipating a heightened wildfire season in the months ahead."

Hawaii Public Radio: "Mapping Hawaii's Wildfires"

January 25, 2016

"Scientists with the University of Hawai‘i are mapping the human impact of wildfires in the islands"

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Oahu hit hard by blazes, data show

January 24, 2016

'Oahu leads the Hawaiian Islands in the number of annual wildfires, which sometimes threaten homes, watersheds and native forest, University of Hawaii researchers have found.'

Climate Wire: "Devastating wildfires pose growing threat to Hawaii's lush forest and water resources"

April 13, 2015

"Mention Hawaii to mainlanders and they'll usually picture surfers, hula dancers and palm trees -- not wildfires.  But Hawaii's scientists and land managers report that wildfires present a persistent and growing threat to the Aloha State's forests, water resources and even its coral reefs. Research is ongoing, but many suspect that hotter, drier conditions borne by climate change are making the issue worse."

Nature News: Savannah trees resist wildfires

April 25, 2012

"A fire-sensitive tree species has managed to survive in one of Earth's most fire-prone locales because the trees form closed canopies that support a fire-resistant plant community."

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