The Lāhainā Fires
Causes and Unprecedented Devastation
In early August 2023, Maui, and more specifically, the picturesque town of Lāhainā, faced one of the deadliest wildfires in U.S. history. Amplified by dry conditions, strong winds, and the presence of Hurricane Dora nearby, the flames spread at an alarming rate, decimating vast stretches of the island and reshaping countless lives.
EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE
As of mid-August, the death toll officially stands at 96, with concerns that the true number may soar into the hundreds, including many children left unattended due to school cancellations.
Over 1,000 individuals remain missing, intensifying the heartbreak and urgency of ongoing rescue operations.
The financial toll is staggering. More than 2,200 structures, mostly residences, were annihilated, leading to damages close to $6 billion. Additionally, many of Lāhainā's historic landmarks have been irreversibly lost.