Just three weeks after powerful winds blew destructive fires over west Maui, low humidity and wind gusts heightened the risk of wildfires in Hawaii.
All of the leeward portions of the islands received red flag warnings from the National Weather Service, which indicates a risk of wildfires in Hawaii.
The winds won’t be nearly as intense as they were on Maui on August 8, when the deadliest wildfires in the United States in more than a century claimed at least 115 lives.
High fire hazards and the possibility of intense wildfires in Hawaii will be caused by the combination of dry fuels, strong and gusty winds, and low humidity levels.
Although any fire that starts or already has started on Thursday could spread quickly due to the weather, this does not necessarily guarantee that more fires will start. However, it creates a risk of possible wildfires in Hawaii.
Haley Taylor, an AccuWeather meteorologist, spoke to USA TODAY.
High winds are being caused by a differential in pressure coming from opposite sides of the islands, according to Taylor. Midday to late afternoon was predicted to have low humidity and winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 to 50 mph.
Due to this somehow violent weather condition, wildfires in Hawaii can happen and citizens must be alert and stay updated about it.
There is a higher than normal chance of wildfires in Hawaii due to the gusty winds and low humidity.
The National Weather Service issued a warning on Wednesday stating that the likelihood of wildfires in Hawaii spreading quickly has increased due to high winds and low humidity.
But according to the agency, these winds, that can possibly create wildfires in Hawaii, wouldn’t be as strong as on August 8 when flames destroyed more than 2,000 structures, killed at least 115 people, and burned down much of Lahaina.
The blaze was America’s deadliest in more than a century.
Strong winds generated by a combination of Hurricane Dora, which passed about 500 miles (800 kilometers) to the south, and an extremely potent high pressure system to the north of the islands fed the Lahaina fire, making it one of the most fatal wildfires in Hawaii.
Wildfires in Hawaii are never new in the country. However, calamities like this are dealt with safety precautions and well-preparedness.