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Why fire is a growing risk in Hawaii

An aerial image taken on August 10th, 2023, shows destroyed homes and buildings on the waterfront burned to the

Why fire is a growing risk in Hawaii

An aerial image taken on August 10th, 2023, shows destroyed homes and buildings on the waterfront burned to the ground in Lahaina in the aftermath of wildfires in western , Hawaii. | Photo by Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via

faces a long road to recovery the devastating blazes week — Hawaii's deadliest natural since 1960. At least 55 people have died. Lahaina, the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom for a before the US annexed the islands in 1898, is still smoldering.

Fire experts in Hawaii knew the land was primed to burn. hasn't always been that way; fire arrived on the islands relatively recently in Hawaii's history. That risk is growing, but there's a lot that communities can do to adapt.

To understand how fire came to a looming threat in Hawaii and what to do about it, The spoke with Elizabeth Pickett, co-executive director of the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization. The nonprofit organization works with…

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