Drought expected to worsen; officials warn of increased wildfire risk

  • A sign warns drivers entering Waikoloa Village on Tuesday of the extreme fire hazard facing the populated area in South Kohala surrounded by wildland. The entire village was evacuated Aug. 1, 2021, amid the island's largest fire in history. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

With drought conditions having already taken hold and expected to worsen over the summer months increasing the risk of wildfire, the state and Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization kicked off Tuesday the annual Wildfire and Drought Lookout! awareness campaign.