What we know about the Maui wildfires

The unprecedented fires in Hawaii have inflicted apocalyptic devastation.
By Teodosia Dobriyanova  on 
Aerial shot shows the town of Lahaina in Maui completely obliterated by the wildfires. Palm trees have been destroyed and houses have been burned to the ground. Caption reads: "Devastating blaze."
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Unprecedented wildfires have been raging for days in the Hawaiian island of Maui in what can only be described as an apocalyptic nightmare. The devastating blaze has destroyed much of the island, including the town of Lāhainā, which was once the capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom before its annexation by the U.S, and remains an important cultural and economic hub on the island.

As of Friday, Aug. 11, at least 55 people have died as a result of the fires. Many have been displaced and over 11,000 residents have been left with no access to power. Although the fires have been contained, the insurmountable damage they caused may take years to fully recover.

Although the origin of the fires is hard to trace, there are multiple factors that all played a role in causing the wildfires to spread into a disastrous inferno. Our colleague Mike Pearl's detailed article explores how we got here.

Topics Nature

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Teodosia Dobriyanova
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Teodosia is a video producer at Mashable UK, focussing on stories about climate resilience, urban development, and social good.


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