Hawai‘i County advises precautions during red flag warning
Hawai’i County Mayor Mitch Roth and Civil Defense Administrator Talmadge Magno are urging residents to take proactive measures following the issuance of a red flag warning by the National Weather Service.
The warning, prompted by high winds and low relative humidity, is in effect from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for leeward areas of the Big Island.
The red flag warning, indicating an extremely high fire risk because of dry vegetation and adverse weather conditions, covers all leeward areas of Hawaiʻi Island, from North Kohala to Kaʻū. The increased fire danger is attributed to a drier air mass moving over the islands and strong, gusty trade winds.
In response to this heightened risk, Hawaiʻi County advises residents to take the following precautions:
Potential camping permit cancellation: Campers holding permits for affected Beach Parks (Mahukona Beach Park, Spencer Beach Park, Kohanaiki Beach Park, Punaluʻu Beach Park and Whittington Beach Park) are advised to reconsider their plans. Prompt notification will be given if conditions warrant cancellation.
Prohibition of open flames: Outdoor burning and open flames are strongly discouraged in North Kohala, South Kohala, North Kona, South Kona and Kaʻū.
Caution for outdoor activities: Individuals are strongly advised against engaging in outdoor activities involving open flames, such as outdoor cooking, welding and grinding metal, during this period.
Vehicle parking precaution: Residents are cautioned against parking vehicles on dry grass after travel to prevent potential fire hazards.
Property fire safety measures: Property owners are advised to secure outdoor items in expectance of high winds and implement necessary fire safety precautions on their premises.
Residents are also encouraged to visit the Hawaiʻi Wildfire Management Organization’s website for valuable information on wildfire prevention and safety measures.