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US releases after-action report on devastating Hawaii wildfires

Xinhua | Updated: 2024-04-17 15:00

LOS ANGELES - An after-action report on the deadliest US wildfire in over a century that killed over 100 people on the US Hawaiian island of Maui last August was released on Tuesday.

The report, produced by the Western Fire Chiefs Association and released by the Maui Fire Department, details firefighters' emergency responses, but does not mention the cause and origin of the devastating wildfires.

The report says it "acknowledges the courageous efforts of firefighters, law enforcement, and community members assisting one another" and "will contribute to the recovery process, prompting actions and public policies that enhance preparedness for future major incidents."

The report examines the whole island's limited resources, which were extremely challenged by the scope and scale of the collective incidents.

The four main wildfires, which ignited on Aug 8 last year, had a catastrophic impact, claiming 101 lives and causing numerous injuries as well as extensive property damage.

The fires led to numerous missing persons, burned 6,721 acres, and resulted in the loss of 2,173 structures, with many more damaged, according to the report.

Nearly every staff member and vehicle resource of the Maui Fire Department on Maui was deployed, the report said, adding that although the emergency response system did not break, it was outmatched by the extreme weather and fire conditions.

The report also outlines challenges encountered, observations made, and recommendations, including a need for extra firefighting equipment and training for staff.

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