NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A massive blaze in Nanakuli is increasing the financial strain on the state agency in charge of fighting wildland fires. The flames have charred roughly 2,500 acres.
The state Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) used up its $500,000 fire response budget in February, more than four months before the start of the new fiscal year this summer. The funding covers the cost of overtime, meals, and helicopters used for water drops.
"We don't have full-time firefighters at DOFAW. When a fire starts to burn we have to pull people off their normal job to go out and work those fires," said Rob Hauff, DOFAW's state protection forester.