HONOLULU (KHON2) — Gov. David Ige signed an emergency declaration for Hawaii County to respond to a wildfire that has scorched over 40,000 acres of land on the Big Island.
The emergency declaration allows the governor to activate the Major Disaster Fund and spend state funds as appropriated to protect the community. The disaster emergency relief period is effective immediately and continues through Oct. 1, 2021.
On Wednesday, Hawaii County Mayor Mitch Roth announced that the fire is now 95% contained. Roth said over 140 people have risked their lives to fight the fire and save critical, native habitat.
“Every resource available was put in motion to battle the largest blaze in our island’s recent history,” he said.
The mayor’s message on Facebook also thanked the hundreds of community members who provided meals to first responders, gathered supplies for those in need and be there for those who lost their homes.
Anyone who has damage to their property should report it here as soon as possible.