- “This is the largest (fire) we have ever experienced on this island.”
- On Tuesdays, strong winds and generally dry conditions continue throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
- Overall, 97 major fires broke over 2,900 square miles in 12 states across the country on Tuesday.
Officials warned Tuesday that strong winds could incite the largest wildfire flames ever recorded on the Big Island. Thousands of people fled over the weekend in the fire, destroying two homes.
Although the evacuation order has been lifted, officials said the evacuation order could be reinstated and people should be ready to go again.
“This is the largest (fire) we have ever experienced on the island,” said Big Island Mayor Mitch Ross about more than 62 square miles of flames. “In the drought situation we have experienced, that is a concern. We see something like this endangering thousands of homes. It’s very worrisome.”
One homeowner said he tried to protect his property but lost the fight as the wind got stronger.
“I had a bulldozer on my lawn and land and tried to build a firebreak,” Waimea community Joshua Kihe told Hawaii News Now. He said the fire destroyed his house, but he plans to rebuild it.
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According to the National Weather Service, strong winds and dry conditions continue throughout the Hawaiian Islands on Tuesday, with only a slight relief on Wednesday.
Sustained winds were predicted from 18 mph to 20 mph, and gusts were up to 40 mph.
Fires continued in the western United States on Tuesday. Calfire said California’s largest 388-square-mile Dixie fire was 35% contained as of Tuesday morning. About 45 homes and other buildings were destroyed in the fire, leaving an additional 3,000 threatened.
The country’s largest 647-square-mile Bootleg Fire was 84% contained at the end of Monday, but was not expected to be in full control until October 1.
On Tuesday, 97 large-scale fires nationwide burned more than 2,900 square miles in 12 states, said the National Inter-Ministry Fire Center. Over 22,000 wilderness firefighters and support personnel have been assigned to incidents nationwide.
Contribution: Associated Press
Records of wildfires on the Big Island of Hawaii threatened by strong winds
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