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Maui Wildfires Situation Report #3

· Two fires remain active on Maui, they are:

o Lahaina Fire: 2,200 acres and 85% contained.

o Upcountry Fire: 2,200 acres and 50% contained.

o The Pulehu Fire is now fully contained.

· The number of fatalities has risen to 93. Two of the victims have been positively identified.

· Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for West Maui.

· The Pacific Disaster Center in collaboration with their partners has produced an updated damage assessment for the Lahaina and Upcountry Fires:

o The damage assessment for the Lahaina Fire is:

ü 2,719 structures were exposed.

ü A total of 2,207 structures have been either damaged or destroyed.

ü A minimum of $5.52 billion in capital has been exposed.

o The damage assessment of the Upcountry Fire for Kula is:

ü A total of 63 structures have been exposed.

ü A minimum of 20 buildings have been destroyed.

ü $54.6 million in capital has been exposed.

· The Maui Memorial Medical Center is open and accepting patients.

· Public schools will begin a phased reopening.

· The Hawaiian Red Cross is staffing seven shelters (6 on Maui and 1 on Oahu) with a population of 707 people.

· A total of 150 Red Cross volunteers are on Maui assisting in response and recovery efforts. An additional 1,300 residents are now being trained as Red Cross volunteers.

· World Central Kitchen has established three distribution sites to distribute food to the affected population.

· Infrastructure and Transportation Update:

o A Maui Department of Water Supply reports that a precautionary unsafe water advisory remains in effect for Upper Kula and Lahaina areas. Maps of the affected areas are available here.

o The Maui Public Safety Answering Point is fully operational.

o There are 21 cellular towers offline across the island.

o Mobile hotspots are being used until regular service is restored. Spectrum is providing free access to their 60 hotspots across the island.

o Two donated Wi-Fi trucks have been stationed at Napili and Honokowai parks to provide Wi-Fi service and charge cellphones.

o Two of four StarLink Terminals have been deployed to Maui Fire Dept and the Lahaina Police Station.

o The Hawaiian Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Transportation is strongly discouraging non-essential air travel to Maui.

o A runway at Kahului Airport has been shut down to accommodate cargo operations that are assisting in airlifting goods and necessities.

o There are three Temporary Flight Restrictions in effect for Lahaina, Kihei and Kuha.

o The U.S. Coast Guard has also issued a safety zone, which restricts vessel traffic between North Malua Wharf to Lahaina Harbor. This was enacted for the safety of response personnel.

· Power Restoration:

o As of 8:30am EST this morning 5,000 customers were without power. Power restoration efforts are currently focusing on restoring service to communities in West Maui and Upcountry.

o Power restoration crews have completed installation of a mobile substation at the Lahainaluna substation.

o On August 12th, crews restored power to three main transmission lines serving West Maui and restored service to some customers in Napili, Puukolii, and Mahinahina where essential public services are located.

· State Response Updates:

o The State Emergency Operations Center has returned to normal operations.

o The Hawaiian Department of Land and Natural Resources has published aerial photos and videos of all the fires on Maui. There are available here.

· Federal Response and Recovery Updates:

o The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has deployed more than 250 personnel:

ü 45 FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance personnel have been deployed to Maui and are registering residents at three of the open emergency shelters.

o As of August 13th, almost 3,000 valid registrations for Individual Assistance have been received.

o FEMA has already provided the following commodities:

ü 50,000 meals

ü 75,000 liters of water

ü 5,000 cots and 10,000 blankets

o The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended search and rescue missions. There have been no confirmed missing persons in the waters around Maui.

o The two Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces (WA-TF1 & NV-TF1) have arrived on Maui and are augmented with K9 search teams and Human Remains Detection K9s.

o Federal ESF 3 has deployed Temporary Emergency Pre-Installation Teams. These teams will conduct an initial assessment of the Sheraton Hotel for the potential of housing survivors and first responders.

o The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has approved a Public Health Emergency declaration which is effective from August 8th to November 6th.


Sources:

· FEMA Daily Operations Briefing, August 13th

· FEMA External Affairs Advisory: Hawaii Wildfires (August 13, 2023)

· FEMA Twitter Page

· FEMA Administrator’s Twitter Page

· Governor Josh Green Twitter Page

· Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Twitter Page

· Hawaii Department of Transportation Twitter Page

· Maui County Twitter Page

· Pacific Disaster Center Twitter Page

· Hawaii Red Cross Twitter Page

· Hawaiian Electric - Maui County Twitter Page

· World Central Kitchen Twitter Page


Resources


Maui Fires Central Information Website (New)


FEMA, Hawaii Wildfires


NIFC Fire Information for Resource Management System


Monetary Donations:

· Lahaina Restoration Foundation, Cultural Heritage Sites Fund (New)

· Council of Native Hawaiian Advancement, Kako’o Maui

· Salvation Army, Hawaii

· Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Maui Strong Fund

· Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Hawaii Wildfires Recovery Fund


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