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Mauna Kea State Park Fire - Perspectives from Multiple Agencies and Future Implications for Fire and Resource Management

  • Mauna Kea State Park (map)

Presented By: PFX; Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization; Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife Fire; U.S. Army Garrison - Pohakuloa Training Area

The PFX field tour to Mauna Kea State Park was the first tour PFX has organized in its young existence. To further connect and expand our partnerships, we held the afternoon tour as part of a full day of activities that included an HWMO all-partner meeting and board meeting. The tour highlighted, at the physical location of the Mauna Kea State Park Fire, the first-hand experiences of fighting the fire - topics included fire boundaries, initial and extended attack details, incident command, mop-up, results of the After Action Review, and suppression challenges/successes. These topics were led by five of our partners:

  • Eric Moller, PTA Army Fire Chief
  • Glen Timbal, PTA Army Assistant Fire Chief
  • Jay Hatayama, DOFAW Protection Forester
  • Wayne Ching, DOFAW Fire Management Officer
  • Miles Nakahara, HWMO President

The tour concluded with a discussion on the ramifications on future fire and resource management for this area and its included and nearby critical habitat.

Our first field tour was a wonderful success and we are looking forward to putting together the next one in the near future.