Wildfires on the “Hawaiian Savanna” (HI Business News, 2022)

Invasive grasses have spread across a quarter of Hawai‘i’s land, and they’re fueling an alarming rise in wildfires. Coalitions are fighting back with new urgency and old tools. By Cynthia Wessendorf

Changing Climate & Wildfire in Hawai`i: Current Observations & Future Projections

New climate projections for Hawai`i are based on historical rainfall, and future climate scenarios, such as the footprint of highest fire risk is expected to increase in extent and move upwards in elevation while fire risk may decrease in the driest low elevation areas. This fact sheet summarizes the latest climate research as it relates to wildfire.

The Rapid Flames of Guam (Video)

Learn about wildfire on Guam, the continuing threat it poses to people, native ecosystems, coral reefs and agriculture, and what you can do about it.

Presentation: Wildland Considerations–A Hawai`i Island Firefighter’s Perspective

Eric Moller, Deputy Chief of Hawai`i County Fire Department shares his perspective of the changing fire regimes in Hawai`i, current challenges and how we can help (11 MINS) Tuesday, April 19, 2022…

Presentation: Guam’s Wildfire Outlook (2022)

Christine Fejeran, Guam Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Soil Resources Division describes the wildfire threats to ecosystems and people on Guam, the on-going education challenges, and hopes for the future. (11 MINS)…

Webinar: A Landscape Perspective on Fire & Invasive Species in Hawaiʻi

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Who: Dr. Clay Trauernicht Wildland Fire Specialist (University of Hawaiʻi Cooperative Extension) will present on the topic above. What: As part of Hawai`i Invasive…

Vegetation—Rainfall interactions reveal how climate variability and climate change alter spatial patterns of wildland fire probability on Big Island, Hawai’i (Science of the Total Environment, 2019)

Author Clay Trauernicht provides a spatial fire occurrence models to reveal the relative influence of multiple drivers, and discusses rainfall-vegetation interactions as a key predictor of fire risk variability as well as future drying predictions with climate change.

Wildfire In Paradise – Management Context and Challenges

This 2-page fact sheet explains the problem of wildfire on tropical islands as it intersects with watershed and marine resource health, invasive species, climate and weather. Tags: Hawaii, Climate & Fire, Fire…

The Grass-Fire Cycle on Pacific Islands

Understanding the Grass-Fire Cycle can help to better manage grasslands and savannas, reduce the risk of wildland fire, and limit the impacts of re on our communities, watersheds, and native ecosystems. Tags:…

Webinar: Get to Know Wildfire on Guam

Wildfires on Guam burn an average 3.3% of the island’s area each year. That’s a lot, when you consider Guam is only 210 square miles. Fire has immediate impacts on the communities,…



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