How planning and infrastructure failed throughout Maui wildfires

In an aerial view, a recovery vehicle drives past burned structures and cars in a neighborhood next to shoreline.
A restoration automobile drives previous burned constructions and vehicles two months after a devastating wildfire on October ninth, 2023, in Lahaina, Hawaii.  | Photograph by Mario Tama / Getty Pictures

New particulars surfaced this week about cascading failures that led to wildfires ripping by Maui final August. Whereas investigations confirming the reason for the blaze are ongoing, officers are recognizing how unprepared companies have been for the inferno.

The wildfires killed at the least 101 folks and scorched some 2,200 constructions — most of them residential. Downed energy strains, blocked evacuation routes, and poor communications all added to excessive situations that allowed blazes to develop right into a monstrous conflagration.

“Within the aftermath of this disaster, questions linger concerning the adequacy of warning…

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