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21 Heartbreaking Images Of Hawai’i’s Deadly Wildfires And Its Devastating Effects

1. On Tuesday, the National Weather Service alerted Hawai’i  residents of a red flag situation — where dry conditions mixed with strong winds from Hurricane Dora, a category 4 storm off the southern coast, and the local environment became susceptible to fire risk.

While well to the south of the Hawaiian Islands, Hurricane Dora is creating strong winds across the Islands which are creating dangerous fire conditions.

— National Weather Service (@NWS) August 9, 2023

Twitter: @NWS

2.Now, fast-moving fires are spreading throughout communities, including the island of Maui and its historic town of Lahaina, which was once home to King Kamehameha III, who united Hawai’i under a single kingdom, AP News reports. Today, the gravesites of kings and queens lie at Wainee Church in Lahaina.

Clint Hansen Of Maui Real Estate / Reuters

3. Now, much of the town has been scorched by ongoing fires.

When a whole city is on fire: Lahaina/Hawaii as seen from a passenger plane 😢 #Maui #Lahaina #lahainafire #MauiFires #Hawaii #hawaiifires

— Steffen Dietz (@sdietzf1) August 10, 2023

Twitter: @sdietzf1

4.On Wednesday night, it was reported that 36 people had been killed.

Clint Hansen Of Maui Real Estate / Reuters

5.According to CBS News, officials say this number is expected to rise as search and rescue efforts are underway.

Dustin Johnson / Reuters

6. Videos taken by those on the ground show homes and businesses on fire.

Another video- Video of the destruction on Front Street, a historic site in West Maui.Oh God, please forgive our mistakes and save us, please.#Maui #Lahaina #lahainafire #MauiFires #Hawaii #Hawaiifire #wildfires

— Chaudhary Parvez (@ChaudharyParvez) August 10, 2023

Twitter: @ChaudharyParvez

7. Both local residents and tourists have been trapped by the conditions, the Washington Post reported.

🚨🚨🚨Turn up the sound & listen to the terror of these poor folks fleeing the Maui wildfires.Don’t turn a blind eye.These are REAL people dying in the climate crisis.“I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.”-Greta

— Nathan Mackenzie Brown 🔬🌎 (@NathanMackBrown) August 9, 2023

Twitter: @NathanMackBrown

8.And power has been cut for thousands of residents as Hawai’i urges people to evacuate.

County Of Maui / Reuters

9. According to the US Coast Guard, 14 people were forced to flee into the ocean as fires pressed them out of town, and they were successfully rescued.

UPDATE:The @uscg and partners continue mass Rescue Operations from Maui Fires.At this time, a total of 14 individuals have been rescued from the waters off Lahaina.Read more here: #Maui

— USCG Hawaii Pacific (@USCGHawaiiPac) August 10, 2023

Twitter: @USCGHawaiiPac

10. Helicopters have been deployed to help search affected areas and try to contain the fires.

Always Ready, Always There.Two Hawaii Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopters dropped more than 100,000 gallons of water on wildfires on the island of Maui yesterday. Today, more than 130 Hawaii National Guardsmen continue to support wildfire response missions.

— National Guard (@USNationalGuard) August 10, 2023

Twitter: @USNationalGuard

11. Aerial footage shows thick smoke clouding the region.

Video made from the helicopter you can see the waves of smoke after the fire in Maui💨#MauiFires #lahainafire #Hawaii

— N3RO (@N3RONEWS) August 10, 2023

Twitter: @N3RONEWS

12.Towns appear to be shells of their former communities.

Mason Jarvi / Reuters

13.In a statement, Hawai’i Gov. Josh Green said, “Much of Lahaina and Maui has been destroyed, and hundreds of local families have been displaced.”

Dustin Johnson / Reuters

14.Satellite images from June 25, 2023 show what Lahaina looked like before the fires…

Maxar / DigitalGlobe / Getty Images

15.…and after. This image was captured yesterday.

Maxar / DigitalGlobe / Getty Images

16. Many online are also mourning in the wake of destruction by sharing before and after images of the town.

Before and after photographs of the fire damage in Lahaina, Maui.Absolutely devastating.

— KanekoaTheGreat (@KanekoaTheGreat) August 10, 2023

Twitter: @KanekoaTheGreat

17. And others balk at what has been left behind.

Wildfires lick through #Maui leaving behind a ghost townVC: lei_dubzz on Instagram#Wildfire #Hawaii #Dora #Lahaina #HurricaneDora #Heatwave #Fire #Climate #Kula #Weather #Firefighters #Storm #Hurricane #Viral #ForestFire

— Earth42morrow (@Earth42morrow) August 10, 2023

Twitter: @Earth42morrow

18. A disaster declaration has been approved by Joe Biden, which in turn provides federal funding to Hawai’i for recovery. In a statement from the White House, it says this funding can go toward “grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.”

Hawaii, right now: Winds are destroying power poles and transformers, causing more fires, communication outages, and wind gusts of more than 50 mph are fanning flames across Hawaii. Forest fires on the Hawaiian island of Maui have already claimed 36 lives. The fire has already…

— Peacemaker (@jardacarda72) August 10, 2023

Twitter: @jardacarda72

19.Funding can also be used by “state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for debris removal and emergency protective measures in Maui County, and assistance for emergency protective measures for Hawaii County.”

Dominika Durisova / Reuters

20.Airports are currently packed as evacuations are underway. To help, Hawaiian Airlines says they are adding extra flights to their schedule, and urgent travel options are available from Maui to Honolulu for a price of $19.

Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images

21.If you would like to help, you can donate to the Maui Strong Fund, which is designed to help support the recovery, response, and disaster preparedness efforts.

Dustin Johnson / Reuters