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Protect Your Home
Your home is your sanctuary. Create a peace of mind for you and your family by taking these steps to reduce wildfire risk and form a solid emergency plan.
13 Easy Steps
Help do your part by preventing wildfire and following these 13 easy steps to prepare your home and family: Wildfire Lookout!
Scan through our enormous online Resources Library. You'll find information on everything from equipment safety, home drills, parental guides, Firewise landscaping, and more.
Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Action Guide
Download a copy of the Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Action Guide that will take you through every step of wildfire planning in and around the home before a wildfire and what you should do if a wildfire is in your area. If you'd like a free, shiny hard-copy of the guide, you can send us an e-mail to email@example.com or stop by our office in Kamuela or one of your local fire stations.
Defensible Space Assessment
We provide an incredible and unique service that will help you better understand the wildfire hazards around and on your home. Per your request, we can send a highly trained member of our staff to perform a home assessment and offer solutions to help reduce those wildfire hazards. Defensible Space Assessment
Protect Your Community
Everything is easier when more people are involved. You don't need to feel alone in your quest to reduce wildfire risk in your neighborhood. Here are some ways to come together with your neighbors. Power in numbers!
National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day
Organize a community work day or outreach event in your neighborhood for National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day. Every year, the first Saturday of May is National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day. Work with your friends, family, and neighbors to raise awareness about wildfire, hold evacuation drills, clean up flammable vegetation, plant native trees… the possibilities are endless. Each year, there is a competitive grant from State Farm and NFPA that is available and is worth applying for.
Firewise Community Certification
Become a nationally-recognized Firewise Community. Starting in July 2015, HWMO began working with communities statewide to help them achieve Firewise Community Certification. The recognition program is part of a nationwide effort of over 1,400 (and counting) working towards a common goal: protecting the community from wildfire. In 2014, Kohala-By-the-Sea was still the only Firewise Community in the state. Their amazing efforts have lasted over a decade… but we thought, why not go all out and shoot for at least 10 in two years?
We have done just that. HWMO has assisted 10 communities on Hawaii Island and Maui to help them achieve national Firewise Communities recognition. There are 4 more on the way and we welcome more communities to join a growing movement.
As a nonprofit organization, our mission is to support your wildfire protection efforts, so we work hard to secure grant and donated funds to provide these services at no cost to you or your community. Becoming a nationally-recognized Firewise Community is an excellent step toward safeguarding your family, home, and neighborhood. Additionally, the certified Firewise Communities across Hawaiʻi have opportunities to get together, support each other, and learn from one another. Learn more about Firewise Communities.
Attend a Future Event
There are a number of ways for you to get involved with HWMO. You can volunteer at our Waikoloa Dryland Wildfire Safety Park, join our Wildfire Preparedness Workshops, and much more.
Our small non-profit of 6 passionate staff members is charged with serving the entire State of Hawaii and parts of the Western Pacific. Extensive partnerships and grant opportunities help us accomplish such amazing projects, but we are constantly searching for ways to keep our operations going and to expand our project list. By donating to HWMO, you can help keep our flame alive.
Hawai'i Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO) is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to outreach, education and technical assistance, project implementation, and research focused on proactive and collaborative wildfire prevention, mitigation and post-fire recovery in Hawai'i and the Pacific.
Our goals are to:
- Prevent Wildfires
- Mitigate Wildfire Impacts
- Aid Post-Fire Recovery
- Provide a collaborative environment among residents, communities, firefighters, decision makers, and natural resource managers to address wildfire management goals collaboratively and proactively.
Why a Hawai'i Wildfire webapp?
As an organization that serves all who live, work, or visit the Hawai'ian Islands and parts of the Western Pacific, we want to make wildfire-related information readily available at your fingertips. We hope this app will be useful for you to learn more about the wildfire hazards in your own area so that you will be better equipped to take action in your community.
What does the Hawai'i Wildfire webapp do?
The HWMO webapp visualizes wildfire data across Hawai'i. It has four types of data: fire history, community hazard assessments, community input information, and census data.
What data is included?
HWMO led a multi-year, multi-partner effort with fire response agencies and resource managers (see below) to create compatible reporting among agencies, and to compile the first ever statewide wildfire history dataset. In Hawai'i, fire suppression agencies record and report fire events with differing types of information and level of detail. These differences have prevented mapping and identifying fire trends and emerging problems at community, county, and state levels. By solving the coordination problem, the HWMO Hawai'i State Wildfire History dataset helps:
- Aid communities in developing federally compliant Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP)
- Support research on the ecological and social drivers of wildfire
- Communicate the extent of fire occurrence and threat in Hawai'i with national and local funding agencies/grantors
- Secure external resources to address fire issues
- Engage communities in wildfire preparedness activities.
It is essential to understand that this data comes with limitations and caveats.
Collection, compilation, and quality control of the data was carried out by HWMO. The project was funded by grants from the USDA Forest Service and Hawai'i State Fire Assistance Wildland/Urban Interface Grant Program (2009-2011; 2011-2013). HWMO is an equal opportunity employer. HWMO and the Pacific Fire Exchange (PFX) performed quality control on some of the data. The Pacific Fire Exchange (PFX) also facilitated additional logistical support from US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry.
Fire record data came from all four county fire departments (Hawai'i County, Maui County, Kauai County, and Honolulu City and County [Oahu Island]), the Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) within the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP). This includes all fire response agencies except for Department of Defense, whose records are classified.
Communities in Hawai'i were assessed for 36 wildfire-related hazard components and rated by personnel from County Fire Departments (Hawai'i Fire Department, Maui Fire Department, Kauai Fire Department, Honolulu Fire Department), DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife Fire, and Hawai'i Wildfire Management Organization. The Subdivision, Vegetation, and Building hazard categories were rated by site inspections in each community. The Fire Environment and Protection categories were rated by fire responders with expert understanding of their agencies and local environments.
An important note to remember when viewing the maps is that only developed community, residential, and commercial areas were assessed for wildfire hazards. Uninhabited wildland or protected areas were not assessed for hazard using this format.
Collection, compilation, and quality control of the data was carried out by the HWMO. This work could not have been completed without the assistance of the County Fire Departments (Hawai'i Fire Department, Maui Fire Department, Kauai Fire Department, Honolulu Fire Department) and DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife Fire.
This project was funded in full or in part by the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, under the terms of Grant No. 11-DG-1105-2012-040 and Grant No. 13-DG-11052012-112. The opinions expressed in this publication, video, or other information/media product are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Forest Service. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
HWMO will not bear any responsibility for the consequences of using this data set, which are entirely the responsibility of the user.
The HWMO Hawai'i Wildfire Hazard Assessment has been prepared to increase awareness on potential wildfire threats to communities across the Hawai'ian islands. However, HWMO does not guarantee a house will survive a wildfire event and having a low hazard rating does not “fire proof” an individual house or a given area or subdivision; instead, reducing the hazard rating lowers wildfire threats and improves the potential for wildfire suppression to be successful.
It is important to recognize that the HWMO hazard assessment process is a qualitative ranking system that ranks different factors perceived to contribute to the threat of wildfires at the wildland-urban interface (WUI). The assessment does not include the full range of realistic fire and ember exposures at the WUI and offers no actual quantification of the potential exposure of homes to the ignition, spread, and intensity of wildfires or embers produced by wildfires. Furthermore, the HWMO Wildfire Hazard Assessment is a community-level assessment that produces a rating based on a select number of houses in a given area or subdivision. While such an approach gives an indication of the general wildfire risk for a given area, the actual risk of individual homes can deviate from this assessment based on the characteristics of the site around an individual home.
A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is a plan developed by local communities, resource managers, large landowners, city planners, County/State/Federal agencies including emergency responders, state foresters, and other interested parties to clarify and refine priorities for the protection of life, property, and critical infrastructure in wildland-urban interface areas. It is intended to create a foundation of collaboration and communication among diverse parties toward achieving wildfire risk reduction goals. Through the CWPP process, communities have a tremendous opportunity to learn more about wildfire issues and impacts, influence where and how vegetation reduction projects and federal hazard reduction funds are applied and to initiate or get involved at the local level.
HWMO has completed CWPPs for the following areas (refer to the map for details):
- Kauai County: Kauai (entire island)
- Honolulu County: Western Oahu
- Maui County: Western Maui, South Maui, Upcountry Maui, Molokai
- Hawai'i County: Northwest Hawai'i Island, North Kona, South Kona, Ocean View, Kau, Volcano
The HWMO data tool also includes 5-year estimates from the 2016 US Census American Communities Survey. These data include:
- Median household income (in 2016 dollars)
- People of Native Hawai'ian or other Pacific Islander descent
- Homeowners (percentage of owner-occupied housing units)
- Percentage of vacant housing units
- Population density (in people per square mile)
Data Use and Distribution:
We actively encourage use of this data set for scientific purposes and planning by communities, natural resource managers, and emergency response agencies. This is not, however, the case for commercial purposes. Users are prohibited from any commercial, non-free resale, or redistribution without explicit written permission from Hawai'i Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO). We kindly ask any users to cite the HWMO as the source used in the creation of any reports, publications, new data sets, derived products, or services resulting from the use of this data set. If possible, please link web pages to the HWMO website Hawaiiwildfire.org.
Where can I find more information?
App developed by
Niklas Lollo & Evangeline McGlynn, PhD candidates
University of California, Berkeley
Data Sciences for the 21st Century