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Hawaii Supreme Court chides state's legal moves on water after deadly Maui wildfire

Apr. 18, 2024 20:49 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii attorney general's office must pay attorney fees for using last year's Maui wildfire tragedy to file a petition in “bad faith” that blamed a state court judge for a lack of water for firefighting, Hawaii's Supreme Court ruled. It seems the state...

Communications breakdown left authorities in the dark and residents without alerts amid Maui fire

Apr. 18, 2024 15:10 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — As unpredictable wildfires roared across Maui last August, the head of the emergency management agency dragged his heels about returning to the island amid the unfolding crisis, while a broad communications breakdown left authorities in the dark and residents without emergency...

Takeaways from this week's reports on the deadly 2023 Maui fire that destroyed Lahaina

Apr. 18, 2024 05:40 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — More than half a year after the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century burned through a historic Maui town, officials are still trying to determine exactly what went wrong and how to prevent similar catastrophes in the future. But two reports released this week are filling...

Maui Fire Department report on deadly wildfire details need for more equipment and mutual aid plans

Apr. 16, 2024 19:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — When wildfires broke out across Maui last August, some firefighters carried victims piggyback over downed power lines to safety and sheltered survivors inside their engines. Another drove a moped into a burning neighborhood again and again, whisking people away from danger one at...

Maui's mayor prioritizes housing and vows to hire more firefighters after Lahaina wildfire

Apr. 16, 2024 17:09 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Maui's mayor says he is prioritizing housing, evaluating evacuation routes and hiring more firefighters as his Hawaii community recovers from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century. Mayor Richard Bissen outlined the steps in emotional remarks more than...

Hawaii says it's safe to surf and swim in Lahaina's coastal waters after wildfire

Apr. 12, 2024 16:48 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii authorities say coastal waters off the wildfire-stricken town of Lahaina pose no significant risk to human health and it's safe to surf and swim there. The state Department of Health announced the decision Thursday after reviewing water sampling test results...

Guatemala's president issues natural disaster declaration as 44 forest fires rage on

Apr. 10, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s president issued a natural disaster declaration Wednesday as 44 forest fires continue to burn across the Central American country. President Bernardo Arévalo said that 80% of the fires were started by people. Farmers often burn stubble and grass...

Drought, heat raise the risk of a repeat of Canada's record-breaking wildfires last year

Apr. 10, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's emergency preparedness minister warned Wednesday the country's wildfire season could be more explosive than last year when it led to unprecedented smoke conditions across much of the country and into the United States. Persistent drought and months...

Crews encircle wildfire on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

Apr. 09, 2024 16:22 PM EDT

WOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (AP) — A wildfire has burned about 750 acres (304 hectares) of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, but crews have encircled much of the fire and it no longer is growing, officials said Tuesday. The fire was reported Friday evening on the west side...

US wildfires are getting bigger and more complex, prompting changes in firefighting workforce

Apr. 09, 2024 07:36 AM EDT

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — It’s shaping up to be a long wildfire season, with Texas already seeing its largest blaze in recorded history and firefighters becoming overwhelmed with recent blazes in Virginia. Just in the first three months of the year, more than 2,669 square miles...