President Biden extended the assistance of the US military to help the state of Hawaii in controlling and preventing the spread of devastating wildfires that have occurred on the island of Maui.
How President Biden Helped Hawaii Wildfires
Navy Times reports that President Biden helped Hawaii by ordering all available assets, particularly the Coast Guard and Navy, to assist with the wildfires occurring on the island of Maui.
Acting Governor Sylvia Luke has urged people to stay away from the affected areas stating that it is not a safe place for people, and added that National Guard assisted the people to evacuate.
According to the report, high winds, low humidity, and dry vegetation are believed to have contributed to the wildfire. Experts also stated that climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather.
How US Military Assisted Hawaii
According to JMSK&Z, the fire which destroyed homes and businesses in Maui and Lahaina required the assistance of various US military branches, including the US Coast Guard, Hawaii’s National Guard, and active duty forces stationed on the island.
The Coast Guard was the first to respond, rescuing 17 survivors who had plunged into the waters off of Lahaina. The National Guard’s aviation unit was activated to assist with fire suppression, but additional resources were needed due to limited helicopter availability. The active-duty military resources available in Hawaii were called upon to assist the firefighters and local search and rescue. The report stated that all the forces assisting were under the command of Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara.
According to the reports, the wildfire in Hawaii that spread quickly from Maui to Lahaina’s historic town center has caused 14 people to take refuge in the ocean, six people died, and many have been displaced.