Extremely dry chronic
conditions in the Waianae mountain range are leading Department of
Land and Natural Resources to close all state forest reserves and
public hunting areas at Kuaokala, Mokuleia, Makua Keaau, Waianae Kai,
and Nanakuli, and the Kuaokala Game Management Area, effective Monday,
September 15, 2003. The closure is under authority of Hawaii Revised
Statutes, Chapter 185, Land Fire Protection Law.
areas within the Waianae Mountain Range, e.g. Keawaula, Mokuleia,
Kaena Point, Kuaokala, have been affected by brush fires that have
encompassed 3,200 acres," said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson.
"Most recently, a fire in the Waianae Kai Forest Reserve
demonstrated extreme fire behavior never before witnessed in a remote
area of the watershed. These incidents reinforce the need for a fire
closure until sufficient and sustained rainfall occurs and recovery of
the vegetation has taken place."
"We are asking for the publicís understanding, cooperation, and
support in protecting the islandís unique environment," said Young.
The closure action is in concurrence with the drought proclamation
issued by Governor Lingle on August 20, 2003. The proclamation
acknowledges that the State of Hawaii has been in serious drought
condition for more than a year and conditions are likely to persist.
The prolonged dry period has elevated the fire threat to our wildlands
and communities as evidenced by frequent occurrences of wildfires
Public activities will be suspended until further notice. Forest
management and law enforcement activities will continue with emphasis
on damage assessments, recovery, and fire patrols.
For more information about the closure of these areas contact the
DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife - Oahu Branch, 973-9778.
For more information, contact:
DLNR Information Specialist
Phone: (808) 587-0320