Drought in West Hawaii increases risk of wildfires running rampant already

  • North Kona, seen from Highway 190, is brown and dry from the ongoing drought. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • North Kona, seen from the Highway 190 scenic lookout, is brown and dry from the ongoing drought. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • North Kona, seen from the Highway 190 scenic lookout, is brown and dry from the ongoing drought. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • North Kona, seen from Highway 190, is brown and dry from the ongoing drought. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)
  • Firefighters work to douse a brush fire Thursday morning in Puako. (LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — From Kohala to Ka‘u, nearly all of West Hawaii is suffering through moderate to severe drought.