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Kailapa Community to Hold Firewise Cleanup

May 5, 2017, 11:14 AM HST
* Updated May 5, 11:16 AM
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The Kailapa community won a grant from State Farm and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) to assist with preparing the community for wildfire season.

The Homestead Community Association will host its first Firewise event on Saturday, May 6, in celebration of the grant and National Wildfire Preparedness Day.

Volunteers in the community will remove and chip highly flammable trees and debris that blew down during the last wind storm.

This area is known for its high winds, limited roads and limited access to fire hydrants, making the need for preparation critical.

“Seventeen wildfires burned over 5,600 acres across Hawai‘i in 2015,” said Brad Hilliard, State Farm spokesman. “This is a great opportunity for local residents to protect their property and get to know their neighbors.”

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This is Kailapa’s fourth annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, when State Farm and the National Fire Protection Agency support the community in their effort to engage families, friends and neighbors in wildfire prevention.

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