Big Island fire threat prompts park restrictions

Big Island fire threat prompts park restrictions

29 January 2010

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USA — The National Park Service has requested and received additional funding to help their initial-attack firefighting operations on the Big Island.

The Whiskeytown Fire Use Module with five firefighters arrived from northern California this week to assist on both sides of the island.

“On behalf of the Big Island Wildfire Coordinating Group, we caution residents to be extra careful with fire and other ignition sources, including welders and gasoline powered equipment,” said National Park Service Fire Management Officer Joe Molhoek in a statement.

Because of the escalating fire danger at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the following fire restrictions are in effect:

  • All campfires are prohibited.
  • All barbecues are prohibited including at Kipukapuaulu picnic area, Namakanipaio and Kulanaokuaiki campgrounds, and the park’s Kahuku unit.

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