Surveyors report a surge of wildfires in Hawaii after deadly blizzard

SURVEYORS say there has been a surge in fires in Hawaii in recent weeks, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.

The surveyors said on Tuesday that they had been on the ground in the Big Island and Maui for nearly four weeks, with crews on site in nearly every county.

They reported that the fires had consumed more than 6,000 acres, including the towns of Kaneohe, Waikiki, Kapolei, Kauai, Molokai, and Kona.

Hawaii has recorded more than 100 fires this year.

The latest is in Kaneoah, which has burned for a week.

The governor said Tuesday he had ordered the state to send a team of more than 500 firefighters to the island.

He also ordered that any fires that started in the state’s western part be destroyed.

The fire in Molokakai has burned nearly 4,600 acres.

Gov.

Eddie Calvo said the fires were not due to the unusually warm winter weather, but to a combination of factors including poor soil conditions.

The National Weather Service is predicting that this year’s fires will be more intense.

The governor has declared a state-of-emergency for the Big Islands, Maui, Moloka, Kaua’i, and the Molokái National Wildlife Refuge.

The governor also ordered the federal government to provide financial assistance for the Hawaii Firefighters Foundation, which supports firefighting efforts.