Hawaii Wildfire Devastation: Death Toll Reaches 89 as Estimated Losses Soar to Nearly $6 Billion
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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — According to authorities on Saturday, the deadliest U.S. wildfire of the previous century destroyed a beautiful community on the Hawaiian island of Maui, killing at least 89 people.
The most recent death toll When they came up human remains on Saturday while investigating the fire’s aftermath with axes and cadaver dogs, federal emergency personnel marked the locations of the demolished homes with an orange X and HR.
Dogs combed the rubble, occasionally barking to alert their owners to the possibility of a corpse as it reverberated over the sweltering, lonely landscape.
On Maui’s west coast, a fire that raged for four days earlier burned hundreds of buildings and turned a lush, tropical paradise into a lunar wasteland of ash. The state’s governor anticipated that more bodies will turn up.
As he examined the damage on historic Front Street on Saturday, Governor Josh Green said, “It’s going to rise.” Without a doubt, it will be the worst natural disaster Hawaii has ever seen. We can only wait while taking care of the living. Before beginning reconstruction, we want to reunite people, help them find housing, and get them the medical care they need.
According to Maui Police Chief John Pelletier, two of the 89 fatalities have so far been identified. This is particularly challenging, he continued, since “we pick up the remains and they fall apart.”
“We learn that the metal was melted by fire when we find the remains of our loved ones and friends. It takes a quick DNA analysis to find them. He continued, “All 89 of them are John and Jane Does.” We must go rapidly, but we must move properly.
Green stated that homes made up 86% of the 2,200 damaged or destroyed structures in West Maui. He said that the destruction of the island had cost close to $6 billion in total. He said it would take “an incredible amount of time” to recuperate.
Although no fatalities have been reported to date, there have been at least two more fires in Maui, in the rocky inland communities of Upcountry and the Kihei district of south Maui. In Kaanapali, a beachfront community in West Maui north of Lahaina, a fourth fire allegedly started on Friday night, but firefighters were able to put it out.
Green reported that the Upcountry fire had an impact on 544 structures, 96% of which were houses.
Authorities in Maui’s emergency management were seeking for venues to lodge people who had been forced out of their homes. According to information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Pacific Disaster Center, county officials posted on Facebook early on Saturday that as many as 4,500 people may need to seek refuge.
Those who survived acknowledged their blessings, expressed appreciation for their lives, and wept for the dead.
Former fire captain Geoff Bogar and his 35-year buddy Franklin Trejos initially stayed behind to help the residents of Lahaina and protect Bogar’s house. However, as the flames got closer on Tuesday afternoon, they understood they had to go. Each ran to his own automobile. Bogar’s vehicle wouldn’t start, so he broke a glass to get out and hid until a police patrol spotted him and transported him to the hospital.
Trejos had a worse situation. The family’s beloved 3-year-old golden retriever, Sam, was found dead the next day when Bogar returned from work. Sam’s remains were found on top of his bones in the back seat of Bogar’s car.
For years, Trejos, a Costa Rican, lived with Bogar and his wife, Shannon Weber-Bogar, controlling her seizures when her husband couldn’t. He enhanced their lives with love and joy.
“God took a really good man,” said Weber-Bogar.
On Tuesday, as embers burnt the hair on the back of his neck, Bill Wyland, who lives on the island of Oahu but owns an art gallery on Lahaina’s famous Front Street, rushed away on his Harley Davidson. In order to avoid clogged highways, he steered the motorcycle towards deserted streets.
When he passed a cyclist who was desperately trying to ride for his life, he estimated the wind speed to be at least 70 mph (112 kph).
Wyland said, “It’s like something out of the Twilight Zone or a horror movie.”
The 2018 Camp Fire in northern California resulted in the death toll rising beyond 85 and the devastation of the town of Paradise. A century ago, the drought-stricken northern Minnesota Cloquet Fire, which broke out and raged through numerous rural settlements, destroyed thousands of homes and took hundreds of lives.
The tsunami from 1960 that claimed 61 lives has been overtaken by the flames as the state’s worst natural disaster in decades. A more devastating tsunami that hit the Big Island in 1946 and killed over 150 people prompted the development of a territory-wide emergency alarm system with monthly tests for the sirens.
Data from Hawaii’s emergency management agency indicates that the town’s warning sirens did not sound before the fire arrived. Authorities sent out alerts to cellphones, televisions, and radio stations, but it’s possible that severe power and cellphone outages limited their reach.
Due to the island’s parched vegetation, a dry summer, and high winds from a passing hurricane, the Maui flames raged through it.
The most severe fire on Tuesday almost destroyed Lahaina, a town of 13,000 people, leaving a grid of gray ruins wedged between the turquoise ocean and lush green slopes.
Front Street, the major avenue of Maui’s historic downtown and its commercial district, was virtually empty on a Saturday morning. One person approached an Associated Press reporter and inquired about the location of the closest sanctuary while wearing no shoes and carrying a laptop and passport. A different person, who was cycling, evaluated the damage at the harbor and claimed that his boat had sunk after catching fire.
Maui water officials warned locals in Lahaina and Kula not to drink flowing water because it might still be contaminated even after boiling. In order to avoid breathing in chemical fumes, they were also instructed to only take quick, lukewarm showers in well-ventilated areas.
Maui was notorious for being dangerous. The 2020 update to Maui County’s hazard mitigation plan identified Lahaina and other West Maui villages as having frequent wildfires and numerous buildings at risk. According to the poll, West Maui has the second-highest proportion of households without a car and the greatest proportion of non-English speakers.
This “may limit the population’s capacity to perceive, understand, and act promptly during hazard events,” the plan claims.
It might have been more challenging to put out the fire in Maui due to a shortage of staff and equipment.
According to Bobby Lee, president of the Hawaii firemen Association, there are always 65 county firemen available to serve the three islands of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai.
Green continued by saying that authorities would review their policies and procedures in order to boost safety.
We are evaluating what is happening because the world has changed, as some individuals have questioned. He cautioned, “Today’s storm could be a fire-hurricane or a hurricane-fire.” We are looking at these laws to see how we can better protect our citizens after what we went through.
Riley Curran asserted that he left his Front Street home after climbing a nearby building for a better view. He concerns whether more could have been done by county officials given the urgency of the impending flames.
- Curran asserts that no one attempted to take action. The fire grew from zero to one hundred.
- Curran claimed to have seen tremendous flames in California when he was a young boy.