Pre-Fire Planning Guide for Hawaii and Pacific Islands

Local knowledge of resources like water, road access, and high priority landscape features (crops, endangered species) is critical to minimizing the impacts caused directly by the wildfire as well as the impacts…

El Niño and Fire Weather on Pacific Islands

Predictions for El Nino’s effects on climate and wildfire in the Pacific (2015). DOWNLOAD PDF

Post-Fire Vegetation and Soil Monitoring in Hawai‘i

This guide provides methods for monitoring changes in soil and vegetation after a wildfire occurs.

Field Notes – Reconstructing Fire History in Hawai’i – Makapu’u

Makapu‘u is the easternmost part of the island of Oahu. Its an iconic area, famous for its beaches and the trail out to the lighthouse.

Comparing Soil Stabilization After Fire

After fire, it is critical to understand the different environmental zones at risk and potential costs and benefits of different techniques (Source: 2014 Wahikuli-­‐Honokōwai Wildfire Mitigation Plan, Hawai`i Wildfire Management Organization). Tags:…

Wildfire in Hawaii


Wildfire in Hawai‘i

A summary of wildfire in Hawai‘i (2014) including statewide ignitions, wildfire occurrence in the past century and management implications.

Field Notes – Kumaipo Ridge Fire – 10 years later

In September 2003, a wildfire burned about 10 acres of Hawaiian mesic forest on Kumaipo ridge between the Waianae Kai Forest Reserve and Makaha Valley on western Oahu.

Field notes – Makaha Fire Break

Learn the perspectives of Amy Tsuneyoshi and Kaimana Wong from the Honolulu Board of Water Supply (HBWS) and Mikaela Bolling from the Waianae Mountain Watershed Partnership (WMWP) with respect to fire breaks and fire prevention.

Aloha to Flammable Fountain Grass: Fuels Management Comes to the Big Island of Hawaii (Marjie Brown, 2009)

Fountain grass is an invasive, highly flammable ornamental plant that has overtaken the dry, tropical ecosystems of west Hawaii. Over the last several decades, large, fast spreading fountain grass fires have burned across the landscape with increasing frequency, usually ignited by roadside activities in remote areas. The Pu’u Anahulu Fuels Management Project evaluated the effectiveness of different roadside fuels treatments on fountain grass using a collaborative approach, and allowed the first use of science-based fuels treatments and prescribed fire in Hawaii. Demonstration sites were established along roadsides where ignitions were known to occur. The clear winner for sustained reduction of fountain grass was a three stage application of prescribed fire, grazing and herbicide.



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