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Hawaii: Growing threat of ‘devastating’ fires as island landscape dries and warms

13 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. The recent fire in Lahaina, Maui, is expected to be one of the deadliest Hawaii's history. America's newest state has seen a 400% increase in the average area burned by wildfires in the last century.

Long before fast-moving flames descended on the historic town of Lahaina, the growing threats of catastrophic fire in western Maui were clear.

Acres of abandoned farmland that line the picturesque coastal communities played perfect host to invasive grasses that are primed to burn, creating tinderbox conditions as the island’s landscapes dried and warmed.

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