I skimmed this timeline by the Washington Post. I know…..
And Asked ChatGDP to do a concise timeline. It did just OK, missed some important events just within the article of interest. I added greatly to the timeline, and added 5 more articles. Of course “Climate Change” instead of….the real causes are claimed by most.
In many reports, black smoke was reported in mid-day. This would be from all the cars set on fire, like this one. Laser cut, ignited and melted. This one picture says it all.
Maui Wildfires: Devastation in Lahaina, Hour by Hour
Morning: Howling winds, then a brush fire
- Around 2 days prior: National Weather Service warns about powerful easterly gusts generated by Hurricane Dora.
- Morning: Fire starts near Lisa Vorpahl’s home on Lahainaluna Road. Power poles fall and wires snap. Some speculate electrical equipment as the cause.
- 6:37 a.m.: Maui County authorities receive the first reports of the fire.
- 9:55 a.m.: Maui County sends an alert that the brush fire is “100% contained.”
Afternoon: Rapid flames, then ‘broiling smoke’
- Around 2:30 p.m.: The fire rekindles and heads toward Lahaina. Mark Stefl witnesses flames approaching his home.
- 3:30 and 4:45 PM The Lahaina fire, meanwhile, had escaped containment and forced the closure of the Lahaina Bypass road by 3:30 p.m. The announcement, however, didn’t make it into a county fire update until 4:45 p.m. and didn’t show up on the county Facebook page until nearly 5 p.m., when survivors say flames were surrounding the cars of families trapped downtown.
- 3:38 Zimmerman, a photographer,
- was also downtown. She grabbed a small safe with her hard drives, passport and some cash. Plus her computer, some food for her dog, Zya, and a handful of shirts, thinking she might need the pictures for insurance claims
- 4:08 Zimmerman called her parents in Colorado saying she was stuck in traffic as the fire bore down.
- 4:25 p.m.: Caresse Carson records video of fire approaching, experiences gridlock, and sees her friend hit by debris, and urges him to get in her car
- 4:30 p.m.: Carson realizes the sky’s bright spot is the sun, not the moon.
- Hector Bermudez left his apartment at Lahaina Shores shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday after the smell of smoke woke him up from a nap. He asked his neighbor if he was also leaving.
- “He said, ‘No, I am waiting for the authorities to see what they are going to do,’” Bermudez recounted. “And I said, ‘No, no no, please go. This smoke is going to kill us. You have to go. Please. You gotta get out of here. Don’t wait for nobody.’”
- His neighbor, who is about 70 and has difficulty walking, refused.
- Lynn Robison evacuated from her apartment near the waterfront’s Front Street at 4:33 p.m.
- “There was no warning. There was absolutely none. Nobody came around. We didn’t see a fire truck or anybody,” Robison said.
- Lana Vierra left her neighborhood about a mile (less than 2 kilometers) away around the same time. Her boyfriend had stopped by and told her he’d seen the approaching fire on the drive.
- “He told me straight, ‘People are going to die in this town; you gotta get out,’” she recalled. There had been no sirens, no alerts on her cellphone, she said.
- But access to the main highway — the only road leading in and out of Lahaina — was cut off by barricades set up by authorities. The roadblocks forced people directly into harm’s way, funneling cars onto Front Street.
- “All the locals were pigeonholed into Lahaina in that corner there, and I felt like the county put us into a death trap,” Cicchino said.
- Just before 5 p.m., Maui County shared a new Lahaina fire report on Facebook: “Flareup forces Lahaina Bypass road closure; shelter in place encouraged.”
- Video taken at 9:30 shows a person walking the streets near Keawe with multiple downtown buildings burning, no black smoke.
10:25 p.m.: Infrared satellite imagery detects fires in Lahaina, including the Public Library, Banyan Court, and Lahaina Harbor.
Evening: Fleeing the firestorm
- Sometime after midnight: Kevin Foley, stranded, records fires all around him. He helps an injured man.
- Around midnight: Annelise Cochran, Freeman, Edna, and others take refuge in the water, avoiding flying embers and toxic fumes.
- Around midnight: Cochran and 13 others are rescued from the water by firefighters. Why the hell did it take this long?
- 12:56 AM Kevin Foley taken a video of 5 story buildings burning. Foley and other entered the Lahaina Cannery Mall to escape the smoke and wait out the night.
- 2:30AM Kevin Foley take another video showing buildings across the street from Lahaina burning.
(Note: The provided timeline is a condensed summary of the article’s key events based on the times mentioned in the article.)
This MSN article claims to provide a timeline, but does nothing of the sort. Shameful.
This PBS article is pretty good, it is a damning indictment of the incompetence of authorities, read it.
This article does not provide a timeline, and lays blame at land mismanagement.
Vulnerabilities are compounded when communication systems fail before warnings are sent. Hawaii state officials say they have an outdoor siren warning system, and sirens exist in Lahaina. But Hawaii officials told the AP they don’t have records indicating Maui’s sirens were activated Tuesday when the fires began.
Sources told The Times the emergency siren system was not triggered, and authorities instead opted to try to send messages through phone alerts — warnings that did not reach many people because communications were already down.
The Guardian, the keeper of the Globalist narrative, quote the same fire expert, but leaves out the part about land mismanagement, blaming it fully on climate change.
Clay Trauernicht, a fire scientist at the University of Hawaii, said the wet season could spur plants like Guinea grass, an invasive species found across parts of Maui, to grow as quickly as 6in (15cm) a day and reach up to 10ft (3 meters) tall. That grass creates a tinderbox that’s ripe for wildfire as it dries out.
“These grasslands accumulate fuels very rapidly,” Trauernicht said. “In hotter conditions and drier conditions, with variable rainfall, it’s only going to exacerbate the problem.”
I asked ChatGDP to come up with a synopsis of my article and it came up with this.