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Marco Polo, 6 Months Later

Jan 13, 2018
Catherine Cruz

U.S Pacific Command

Firefighter Stories from Marco Polo; UH Sexual Assault Survey; FISA Renewal; HTY Production of Red Balloon

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What Happened to Mandatory Sprinkler Systems After Marco Polo?

Town Square: Condo Fire Codes

Jul 20, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

  In the wake of the 2017 Marco Polo condo fire, it has come to the public's attention that many of Honolulu's high rise residential buildings do not have sprinkler systems. Fire officials said that had there been a sprinkler system in place, the Marco Polo fire would have been doused in a matter of minutes. Today on Town Square we’ll look more closely at the fire code, the sales implications for condos without sprinklers and how high rise residences without sprinklers might get them.

 

State Braces For Active Wildfire Season in Hawaii

May 16, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Little rainfall and an ongoing drought suggests that Hawai‘i is in for a hot, dry summer. It’s also stoking concerns that the islands will experience a busy fire season.

Back in March, Joseph Momoa was heading home to Nānākuli. As soon as he stepped out of his truck, he knew something was wrong: he could smell it.

“When I turned around and faced the mountain, there was a cloud of smoke coming over the top,” said Momoa.”I knew the wind was coming around this area and sweeping over to my side. I was thinking this fire’s going to be here in about five minutes.”

Eric Moller, Pohakuloa Training Area
Eric Moller, Pohakuloa Training Area

  According to the US Drought Monitor, more than a quarter of the state of Hawai‘i remains “abnormally dry.” That’s a big improvement from the start of the year, when nearly 3 quarters of the state came under that category. But the National Weather Service says drier weather will be returning, and with it, the danger of wildfires. HPR’s Sherry Bracken talked with representatives of a Big Island group that helps safeguard resources, property, and people when wildfires come.    

State DOT
State DOT

  Hawaii Island's airports rely on firefighters on property to respond immediately, within 3 minutes, to any aircraft fire or crash.   Now, the capability of the fire teams to meet those standards is being upgraded with better facilities.   HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.   

The recent brush fire in North Kona is the latest reminder that drought remains a problem for many areas around the state. HPR's Sherry Bracken talked about the dry conditions with an expert from the National Weather Service.