At least 36 people are dead, and search efforts are still underway on the Hawaiian islands as the influence of Hurricane Dora to the south of the islands.

Here’s What Happened

Deadly wildfires burning in Hawaii have forced evacuations and cut power to thousands, fueled by a mix of land and atmospheric conditions that can create “fire weather.”

A massive blaze destroyed much of the tourist town of Lahaina, on Maui, sending some people running into the harbor seeking safety. 

Much of Hawaii was under a red flag warning for fire risk when the wildfires broke out, but the exact cause of the blaze is still unknown.

The powerful winds fanning the flames were generated by Hurricane Dora, a storm that was moving across the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles south of the Hawaiian islands.

“As the firefighting efforts continue, 36 total fatalities have been discovered today amid the active Lahaina fire. No other details are available at this time,” according to a press release from Maui County.

On Tuesday, fire crews battled brush fires on Maui, and the Big Island as over 70 mph wind gusts helped spread the flames. One of the larger fires burning on the northern part of the Big Island charred more than 1,800 acres. 

Multiple neighborhoods were burnt to the ground as the island’s western side was nearly cut off, with only one highway open and thousands to evacuate.

Earlier in the day, authorities announced Civil Air Patrol and state flyovers found at least 271 structures were damaged or destroyed by the flames.

At least three large fires on Maui, including the blaze in Lahaina, are still active and out of control, which means a full picture of the devastation hasn’t yet come into view. Lahaina appears to be the hardest hit area and is still blocked off.

In addition to the fatalities, officials say dozens more are injured, some critically.

Other parts of Hawaii, including the Big Island, also dealt with fires and power outages.

In particular, the fire has spread across four main fronts, Lahaina Town in Maui, West Maui, Inland, Mountainous Regio, and Kohala Ranch in the Big Island.

Hawaii’s unique ecosystems are vulnerable to fires, which can lead to environmental damage and pose challenges for firefighting efforts.

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  1. Its not Climate Change its stupid people smoking and starting fires.
    Try blaming this on GATES and His Chemtrails that the governments all over the world are spraying every day

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