Wildfires Blaze in Hawaii’s Historic Lahaina

60 people survive in a miraculous rescue operation Maui Forest fire saved from same house Contact had been lost since the first fire broke out in the Hawaiian Islands.

it comes as the death toll The death toll from the disaster has reached 110, with painstaking search and rescue operations still underway.

Maui County Mayor Richard Bissett said the large group had taken shelter in an isolated residence in west Maui, which had been without power and mobile phone coverage since August 8.

Some areas of Maui have begun to reopen but officials estimate 1,300 residents are still missing.

Airport Governor Josh Green said yesterday that only 35 percent of the burned area had been discovered and he expected the death toll to rise in the coming days.

An official cause of the fire has not been determined, but security footage of a tree that fell on a power line at the Maui Bird Sanctuary is being investigated as a possible cause of the blaze.

Others point to the role of downed power lines and flammable grass elsewhere on the island.

The fire caused an estimated $3.2 billion in property damage.

chairman Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden Will travel to Maui on Monday, August 21, amid criticism of the White House’s response to the disaster.

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Schools begin to reopen after devastating fire

Public schools in Maui have begun the process of reopening and traffic on a major road has resumed in a sign of improvement a week after wildfires ravaged a historic town and killed at least 110 people. It is done.

Hawaii Department of Education Superintendent Keith Hayashi said at least three schools in Lahaina remained untouched by the flames, where the entire area has been reduced to ashes, but wind damage is still being assessed.

“There is still a lot of work to do, but overall the campus and classrooms are in good shape structurally, which is encouraging,” Mr Hayashi said in a video update. “We know the recovery effort is still in its early stages, and we mourn the loss of many lives.”

A man on a bike carries a cross on the north side of Lahaina, Hawaii

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Maui wildfire survivors face new threat from chemical contamination that could linger

Maui residents have been warned that wildfires burning since August 8 have polluted water, air and soil and could pose a health risk in the coming months.

The deadly wildfire has killed at least 99 people, and destroyed an estimated 2,700 buildings around Lahaina, containing hazardous household waste, treated lumber, paint and other toxic materials, officials said.

The Hawaii Department of Health warns that ash and dust from burned homes and businesses can contain deadly toxic chemicals such as asbestos, arsenic and lead.

He also advised residents to wear surgical masks such as N95 and goggles, gloves and closed-toe shoes to avoid skin contact with the ash.

He also warned people to avoid washing ash down drains or using a vacuum, which would spread carcinogenic particles into the air.

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Scary drone footage shows historic town of Lahaina gutted after devastating wildfire

Heartbreaking drone footage captured over the weekend revealed what was left of the historic town of Lahaina, which was devastated by wildfires in the Hawaiian island of Maui.

When some residents returned to survey the destruction, all that was left of the gutted neighborhood were smoldering ruins.

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Airbnb.org teams up with Hawaii governor to house victims

Airbnb.org, a non-profit organization that connects victims of crisis with temporary housing, has teamed up to help victims of the Maui wildfires, who lost all their belongings and homes.

The company will provide free temporary housing to at least 1,000 displaced Maui residents.

“We are incredibly appreciative of the community support of Maui in offering their facilities to house those deeply affected by the Maui fires. Governor Greene said, “It’s an Aloha gesture.”

Those with extra room in their homes can sign up to house someone else on Airbnb.org or others can donate on their website.

Ariana Bio17 August 2023 04:00

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Are downed power lines a possible cause of the deadly Maui wildfires?

Waking up to high winds whipping through his Maui neighborhood, Shane Treu stepped outside in the morning and saw a wooden power pole snapped with a sudden flash, its sparking, popping line falling onto the dry grass below and a rapid burst of fire. Lighting up a row.

He called 911 and then turned on a Facebook video to livestream his effort to fight the fire in Lahaina, which also included drenching his property with a garden hose.

“I heard ‘buzz, buzz,'” the 49-year-old resort employee told The Associated Press. “It was almost as if someone had lit a firework. It shot right up to a big pile of hay on the hill and then, with a strong wind, that fire started blazing.

Video from Mr Treu and others captured the opening moments of what would become the deadliest US wildfire in more than a century. Now footage has emerged as key evidence that points to the collapse of utility lines as a possible cause. The Hawaiian Electric Company is facing criticism for not turning off the power amid high wind warnings and keeping it on despite dozens of downed poles.

A class-action lawsuit has already been filed seeking to hold the company responsible for the deaths of at least 99 people. The lawsuit cites the utility’s own documents that show it knew that the preemptive power shutoffs used in California were an effective strategy to prevent wildfires but never adopted them.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Spam sends food to Maui amid devastating Hawaii wildfires: ‘We see you and love you’

Hawaii’s beloved canned meat brand Spam has announced its intention to help bring food to the island amid devastating wildfires.

In a statement shared on Facebook on August 10, Spam, owned by Hormel Foods, announced it is partnering with humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope to send more products to residents affected by wildfires across the state. The death toll has recently reached 106 and is expected to rise as only 32 percent of Lahaina’s burned area has been discovered.

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Mick Fleetwood issues warning to land developers eyeing fire-hit Maui island

Mick Fleetwood has spoken out about the “devastating” wildfire disaster that ravaged the Hawaiian island of Maui last week.

Fleetwood lives in Hawaii, although he was out of state at the time of the fire. When the news broke, the Fleetwood Mac musician, who owned a restaurant on Maui, rushed back immediately to help provide aid and supplies.

talking to sky NewsHe said: “These hills were burning and I wasn’t there… I felt helpless, and switches were going on and off as to what to do.”

While Fleetwood’s home was not damaged by the fire, his restaurant, Fleetwood’s, on Front St. in downtown Lahaina was completely destroyed.

Fleetwood said, “It’s been an incredible blow to everybody.” “The whole town of Lahaina is no more. It is a statement in itself that immediately takes you to the people who live there.

“Selfishly, I haven’t lost any family members. I didn’t lose my house. Yes, it could have happened, but it didn’t… I’m really lucky. what can I do now? Urgency is finding people. The urgency is in communicating and knowing who is here and who is safe.

The British drummer urged people to “pay attention” to the situation on Lahaina, and warned land developers who would try to make a profit after the disaster.

He added, “To me to think that this would become some kind of playground without reference to the dignity of that city would be abhorrent.”

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WATCH: Governor Josh Green provides updated information on Maui wildfires

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Maui wildfire survivor reveals harrowing details of dead babies at sea

A Maui fire survivor who spent hours in the ocean has revealed harrowing details about how he survived one of the worst natural disasters the country has seen in years.

Local resident Mike Cicchino, who lived with his wife in one of Lahaina’s inland neighborhoods, told of escaping the deadly fire last week.

Mr. Cicchino was on his way to the hardware store for a generator last Tuesday, when he was suddenly caught in a desperate struggle for his life.

Mr Cicchino told NewsNation host Natasha Zouves that the neighborhood quickly went up in flames and it was “like bombs going off non-stop”.

Mr. Cicchino ran back to his home and gathered his wife and the dogs they were looking after and attempted to flee the area. The smoke was so thick and black that they eventually lost some of the dogs, he said.

“There was fire behind us, straight ahead, next to us, everywhere,” Mr. Cicchino said.

As near as they could tell, their only option was to jump into the sea.

Mr. Cicchino said that for the next five or six hours he and his wife went back and forth between the ocean and the shore. When the flames fell from the sky, they hid under the surface of the water.

“There were points where we started to faint and we were about to drown,” Mr Cicchino said. “Then, we have to come ashore. Cars parked near the shore caught fire or exploded. It was a leap of fire. Get out, we’re burning. check in check out. Everywhere, we were burning or we couldn’t breathe.”

Mr. Cicchino broke down in tears, stating that he had seen death unfold before his eyes and was doing his best to keep himself and his wife above water.

He said he saw several bodies lying on a wall on the shoreline.

Others in the sea desperately clung to their babies and young children as the water tore them down for hours. When Mr Cicchino later returned with the US Coast Guard to help pull people out of the water, the children were gone.

Mr. Cicchino said, “I saw kids there that I’ve never seen again.” “When I came back, when I was counting the children, the children were not there.”

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How flammable grass fueled Maui’s wildfires

The highly flammable weed is believed to have fueled the rapid spread of the deadly disease Forest fire In Maui It killed at least 106 people and destroyed the island’s historic town of Lahaina.

experts say the invasive, non-native grassland that covers a quarter of Airport The islands are at great risk of fire, which they have been warning about for years.

Various varieties of grass, including guinea grass, molasses grass, and buffalo grass, originated in Africa, but were brought to Hawaii for livestock because it proved to be drought-resistant.

“These grasses are highly invasive, grow very quickly and are highly flammable,” said Melissa Chimera, who coordinates the Pacific Fire Exchange, a Hawaii-based project sharing fire science between Pacific island governments. the new York Times,

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