10 Aug 2023

Wildfires kill 6 in Hawaii

From Morning Report, 8:40 am on 10 August 2023

Six deaths have been reported as wildfires fuelled by hurricane winds have triggered evacuations in parts of Hawaii, with some residents forced to jump into the sea to escape the flames.

Local media described the scenes as "apocalyptic" on the island of Maui, the second largest and third most populated island.

The Associated Press is reporting burn victims have been flown to hospitals on the island of Oahu, where Hawaii's capital of Honolulu is located.

Hawaii Emergency Management Agency communication director Adam Weintraub spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.