Every wildfire incident is part of a larger pattern of wildfire occurrence and is an opportunity to gain experience and insight for wildfire management. View the 2017 Wildfire Summary for Hawaii.
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Every wildfire incident is part of a larger pattern of wildfire occurrence and is an opportunity to gain experience and insight for wildfire management. Taking a look at both the big picture and individual fires can: Deepen and expand our understanding of wildfire drivers, behavior, and response; improve wildfire response, management, and science; reduce negative impacts on individuals, communities, natural resources, and response agency budgets.
It's often hard to determine the exact cause of each wildfire, but we know people cause nearly all fires in Hawaii. Please report suspicious activity to authorities (call 911) and take precautions during dry, windy weather. For example, avoid using machinery, do not park in tall grass, and extinguish BBQ pits and campfires.
Hawaii's wildfire season is year-round. Several of 2017's significant fires occurred in February. Fire activity increased in the summer months and continued through October - due, in part, to drought across most of the state (see Fig. 2).
Nearly all fires occurred on days with high winds and dry conditions (i.e., maximum wind speeds over 20 mph and relative humidity less than 50%) (3).