What We Know About the Wildfires in Hawaii
A summer of ferocious weather across much of the United States reached the country’s most remote state on Wednesday, 2,500 miles off the West Coast, in Hawaii.
What began at the start of the week as scattered brush fires on the state’s biggest islands, Hawaii and Maui, turned deadly by midweek. By Friday, at least 67 people had been confirmed dead in the nation’s most lethal wildfire since the Camp fire in California killed 85 people in 2018. It will take years and billions of dollars to rebuild, Gov. Josh Green said.
The rapid spread of the flames caught state officials and residents by surprise.
The death toll is likely to rise.
Firefighters continued to battle flare-ups on Thursday, but the fires have been largely contained, officials said. The fires were still generating smoke and ash.
Thousands of residents and tourists have been evacuated, and U.S. Army personnel were conducting search-and-recovery efforts on Thursday, Maui County officials said. There are still many road closures on Maui and the island of Hawaii.
The death toll could rise as rescuers travel to parts of the…