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Hawaiian Electric tentatively agrees to $4 billion wildfire settlement

Settlement details of Maui wildfire lawsuits Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. has tentatively agreed to a settlement of over $4 billion to resolve numerous lawsuits related to the wildfires that ravaged Maui last year, as reported by Bloomberg L.P. The agreement, which still awaits final approval, aims to settle claims from thousands of homeowners and businesses […]

Progress continues in Hawaii’s rebuilding efforts after wildfire

Community makes strides in rebuilding after devastating wildfire in Hawaii As reported by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher for AP News, nearly a year after wildfire devastated Kim Ball’s Hawaii community, signs of progress are emerging. The empty lot where Ball’s house once stood symbolizes the ongoing rebuilding efforts following the deadliest U.S. wildfire in over a […]

Hawaii wildfire death toll reaches 102

Hawaii wildfire: Latest victim identified The death toll from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in over a century has risen to 102, authorities in Hawaii announced Monday. Claudette Heermance, 68, died in hospice care in Honolulu on March 28 from injuries sustained in the wildfire that ravaged the historic town of Lahaina on the Hawaiian island […]

Hawaii lawmakers address wildfire prevention with limited success

Legislative efforts to prevent future wildfires Hawaii lawmakers have taken steps to combat wildfires, including a $20 million increase in the wildland firefighting budget and the reinstatement of the state fire marshal’s office, as reported by Honolulu Civil Beat. However, out of more than 40 recommendations from the House Wildfire Prevention Working Group, only 15 […]

NFSA to honor fire safety leaders at annual seminar in Hawaii

The National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA) is set to honor its 2024 award recipients and Hall of Fame inductees at an upcoming awards banquet on May 10, 2024. This event will occur during the Association’s Annual Seminar and Business and Leadership Conference in Wailea, Hawaii, as reported by NFSA. Recognizing industry commitment through prestigious awards […]

USFA and DHS introduce advanced wildfire sensors in Hawaii

Deployment of innovative wildfire sensors in Hawaii The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), in collaboration with the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and Hawaii’s Governor Josh Green, has announced the deployment of cutting-edge wildfire and wind sensors across the Hawaiian Islands. This move comes as a part of the ongoing efforts […]

Moore-Merrell highlights increasing fire risks and strain on Hawaii firefighters

Fire survival plans critical as risks escalate in Hawaii A top federal fire official has issued a stark warning about the increasing strain on Hawaii’s firefighters and the escalating fire risks in the state. US Fire Administrator Lori Moore-Merrell emphasized the urgent need for residents to develop fire survival plans as Hawaii faces new dangers […]

Hawaii wildfire destroys irreplaceable rainforest

Oahu’s rare ecosystem under threat A recent wildfire in a remote rainforest on Oahu, Hawaii, highlights a growing concern in the state. Following a devastating blaze months earlier in Maui, this fire, while not causing any human injuries or damaging homes, has had a significant impact on the environment. Hawaii wildfire: Endangered species and native […]

Hawaii governor sets up $150M fund for Maui wildfire victims

Maui wildfire relief: $150 million fund announced In an effort to provide aid to victims of the Maui wildfires, Hawaii Governor Josh Green has announced the establishment of a $150 million compensation fund. The fund, which is based on the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, is designed to support those affected by the tragic wildfires […]

USFA launches tools to boost WUI fire awareness in the United States

Growing concerns in WUI areas The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has launched two new tools to raise awareness about Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas throughout the United States. The WUI Fire Property Awareness Explorer and the WUI Fire Community Awareness Explorer aim to support local fire services and communities in reducing fire risks and building […]

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