Recovery efforts in the wake of Hawaii’s devastating wildfires predict finding 10 to 20 more victims daily, according to Governor Josh Green. The death toll now stands at 99, making this the deadliest wildfire in the U.S. in over a century. Approximately 1,300 people remain missing, and the search is expected to take time, as identifying the remains is a complex process. The town of Lahaina has been almost entirely destroyed, and the fire, fueled by nearby Hurricane Dora and drought, remains 85% contained.
- The Hawaii wildfires have become the deadliest in the U.S. in more than 100 years, with a current death toll of 99 and around 1,300 people still missing.
- The search and recovery process is slow, with officials expecting to find 10 to 20 more victims per day. DNA samples are being used to help with identification.
- Nearly the entire town of Lahaina was destroyed, with Governor Green describing the scene as “full devastation.”
- A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Hawaii Electric, accusing the company of contributing to the wildfires by failing to shut off downed power lines despite advanced warnings.
- Emergency response includes FEMA deploying 20 cadaver-search dogs, and housing units have been made available for those who have lost their homes, while the fire continues to burn and is 85% contained.