Forging ahead: Parker Ranch outlines historic fire’s impact, future plans

  • Smoke rises along the southern flank of the 47,000-acre wildland fire in South Kohala as a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter performs water drops Aug. 3. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

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  • A helicopter drops water over burning Parker Ranch pasture amid the Big Island's and Parker Ranch's largest fire in history. (Courtesy Photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Horses graze as fire burns in the distance amid the Big Island's and Parker Ranch's largest fire in history. (Courtesy Photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A firebreak crosses through the 47,000-acre burn area of the Big Island largest wildland fire in history. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • A firebreak cut far ahead of the flames on Parker Ranch is seen from the air. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Cows graze on Parker Ranch land just above the head of the fire off old Saddle Road on Aug. 3. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Parker Ranch is forging ahead with plans for a large reforestation project on the slopes of Maunakea and reseeding thousands of acres of pasture destroyed by the largest fire to impact the operation in its 175-year history.