United States

Did scientists expect Maui wildfires? Here’s what we know

As per climatologist Abby Frazier, the number of wildfires in Hawaii has been increasing. A report by Maui County in 2021 mentioned that the number of wildfires in Hawaii is increasing rapidly, and as a result, this could be a major risk to people, property, and sacred sites.

Did scientists predict Maui Wildfire? Here’s what we know
info_icon

The island of Hawaii has experienced several wildfires however, with each wildfire, the level of destruction and losses is seemingly increasing. More than 100 people have lost their lives due to Maui's wildfire, and thousands are left stranded seeking emergency shelters.

But did the scientists expect this wildfire?

According to climatologist Abby Frazier, Lahania, which literally means 'cruel sun' and where the deadly fire started, has always been hot and dry. Frazier states that the amount of areas that are reeling under wildfire in Hawaii every year has been steadily increasing, and in the last few decades, the increase has been exponential.

A report by Maui County in 2021 mentioned that the number of wildfires in Hawaii is increasing rapidly, and as a result, this could be a major risk to people, property, and sacred sites.

What caused the Maui wildfires?

Three things are necessary for wildfires to start and spread, including fuel, an ignition source, and favorable weather. Hurricane winds, as well as dry weather, played an essential role in fueling the flames. The entire island of Maui witnessed drought or abnormally dry conditions, which can be considered as one of the reasons for the wildfire to begin in the first place.

Meanwhile, scientists also noted that different parts of the island are covered with non-native grasses. These areas covered with non-native grasses are more flammable in nature compared to native plants.

Apart from the loss of lives, more than 2,000 buildings including historical sites have also been destroyed in Maui's wildfire. Also, on Tuesday, the officials in Hawaii released the names of a few people who have been killed in this wildfire. Also, a mobile morgue unit with additional coroners arrived on the island to help sort the remains of people who died during this wildfire. With the massive destruction caused, people are now looking recover their financial losses.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement