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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hawaii: NIFC - 2011 Hawai’i Wildland Fire Potential Seasonal Outlook

  In Hawaii fire activity is already occurring. There has been some relief from the drought, but it is not expected to last. 
Hawai’i Fire Potential Outlook Map - NIFC
  Some areas have already exceeded the 90th percentile for ERC. The west sides of the islands seem to be the most susceptible to wind which exacerbates fire conditions. KBDI values are in excess of 500 in several locations across the islands.
 For Hawaii much of the vegetation is drought-stressed. The fuelbed contains much more dead fuel than typical and measured live fuel moisture is below average. The islands of Kaua'i and O'ahu will experience normal to above normal fire potential. The remainder of the state will be above normal.

Tags:  Hawaii #WildFire Potential Outlook
Source: NIFC - http://gacc.nifc.gov Predictive seasonal outlooks .pdf - Link

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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