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Wildfire Summit to Be Held in Kamuela

April 27, 2018, 8:47 AM HST
* Updated April 27, 8:57 AM
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Hawai‘i Wildfire Summit Interactive Schedule

The men and women charged with the responsibility of preventing, fighting and managing wildfires around the State of Hawai‘i will gather on Hawai‘i Island on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, for the yearly Hawai‘i Wildfire Summit organized by the Hawai‘i Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO).

The summit will be held at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.

The week begins with two days of professional training from the National Fire Protection Association which focuses on “Assessing Structure Ignition Potential from Wildfire.”

“The Hawaiʻi Wildfire Summit is a unique opportunity to learn, share and collaborate with others who deal with wildfire in their work, and communities across Hawaiʻi and the Pacific living in fire-prone areas,”HWMO Executive Director Elizabeth Pickett explained. “This year’s theme is ‘Collaborating Across Hawai‘i and the Pacific for Summit to Sea Wildfire Protection.’ Presentations and workshops that one would otherwise have to attend on the mainland U.S. will also be a highlight of the event, offering a local option to connect to national-level programs, research and trainings.”

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Over the course of two days, fire experts and managers from around the Pacific and around the country will lead sessions on wildfire in Hawai‘i and the Pacific, fire weather and climate, managing natural resources in the face of wildfire and collaboration strategies to improve effectiveness. In addition, there are Hawai‘i-specific sessions where participants will learn about and discuss wildfire issues that impact the Aloha State specifically.

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Numerous natural resource and fire managers from the DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife will lead breakout sessions. DOFAW Administrator David Smith said, “Collaboration and multi-partner efforts are necessary for maximum effectiveness in hazard reduction, suppression, and post-fire recovery. The wildfire summit gives everyone involved in wildfire prevention, suppression and management an opportunity to collaborate and add to their toolboxes based on best practices from around the country and from around the Pacific Rim.”

The Hawai‘i Wildfire Summit wraps up on Friday, May 4, with an all-day-long field workshop titled, “Assessing and Addressing Wildfire from Mauka to Makai.” It will provide on-site learning opportunities and discussions from summit to sea, covering upland forest protection, watershed management planning in fire-prone areas, post-fire erosion, coastal flooding and impacts on nearshore resources. Local watershed sites and their recent fires will be used as the context and catalyst for discussion.

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