Community Can Prevent Wildfires

Wet weather soon will be a thing of the past as the summer months roll around, and Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO), DLNR-DOFAW and Honolulu Fire Department have partnered up to offer a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) for West Oahu, which is greatly affected by wildfires during dry months.

Public input from the community is a necessity in order to create this plan.

According to HWMO, this CWPP will be a vital planning tool to help establish fire-safe communities in West Oahu.

It will allow communities to apply for federal grants in order to work on wildfire protection projects such as fire breaks around subdivisions, vegetation maintenance, public education and more.

Meeting times and locations for different areas are as follows: • March 4, 7-8 p.m. at Seafarers Training Center for Kapolei/Kalaeloa • March 5, 7-8 p.m. at Nanaikapono School for Nanakuli • March 11, 7-8 p.m. at Mauka Lani School for Makakilo • March 12, 1-2 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. at Waianae District Park for Waianae.

All full-time and part-time residents are encouraged to attend and bring with them ideas for projects on how to reduce wildfires in their areas.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided at meetings.

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