Wildfire season is just around the corner, but there every family, resident, and large landowner can avoid the danger and impacts of wildfire with adequate preparation. Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization (HWMO), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Waimea, will be hosting a series of free community wildfire preparedness workshops in some of the most fire-prone areas of the Big Island. Those who attend will learn about Hawaii’s wildfire issues and how they can mitigate those issues through proper home landscaping techniques and home structure modifications. They will also learn about how to develop a clear and achievable family emergency plan, what actions to take during a wildfire, and proper evacuation procedures. HWMO makes each workshop a fun, interactive, and casual event that the whole ‘ohana can enjoy. Each family will also receive a free copy of the Ready, Set, Go! Hawaii Wildland Fire Action Guide that can be used as a step-by-step tool for carrying out the recommended actions. HWMO will also be holding a raffle at the end of each workshop.
Check the workshop schedule below to find the nearest workshop location.
Each workshop starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
July 21 (Mon.) - Ocean View - Ocean View Community Center (92-8924 Leilani Circle)
July 23 (Wed.) - Waikoloa - Waikoloa Community Association Community Room (68-1792 Melia St.)
July 25 (Fri.) - Volcano - Cooper Center (19-4030 Wright Rd.)
July 28 (Mon.) - Pahala - Pahala Elementary School (96-3150 Pikake Pl.)
July 29 (Tue.) - Waimea - Thelma Parker Memorial Library (67-1209 Mamalahoa Hwy.)
July 31 (Thu.) - Kona - Civic Center Liquor Control Conference Room (2nd Floor of Building B) (74-5044 Ane Keohokālole Hwy.)
August 4 (Mon.) - Kealakekua - Konawaena Elementary School (81-901 Onouli Rd.)
August 6 (Wed.) - Kona - Hawaii Community College West Hawaii Campus (81-964 Halekiʻi St.)
These workshops are made possible by The Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region.