Sunday, February 04, 2007
ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FOREST FIRES
Well it appears as though the fire that swept across 2,291 acres in the Kula Forest Reserve was indeed caused by a cigarette. With pockets of unburned terrain within the 16-mile fire perimeter, the area actually burned is estimated at 1,700 acres. According to the Maui News, investigators narrowed the origin of the fire to an area “the size of a desktop" then they got down on their hands and knees to look for the source. The cigarette butt “was very, very obvious,” “Everything was black and the butt was burned on one end but still white.” “Everything was black and the butt was burned on one end but still white,” he said. The cigarette butt was found on the upper Waiohuli trail about 150 feet from the access road.