Smoke rises along the southern flank of the 40,000-plus-acre wildland fire in South Kohala as a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter performs water drops Tuesday morning. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
A woman walks her dog at Waimea District Park Aug. 1 as a large wildland fire that broke out above Mana Road on July 31 continued to burn. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
Vehicles head down Waikoloa Road after residents and visitors lodging in the area were ordered to evacuate as an out-of-control wildland fire threatened the South Kohala town Aug. 1. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
A Hawaii Fire Department tanker sprays down hotspots near a home off Mamalahoa Highway on Aug. 3 in South Kohala. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)
Hawaii County is receiving $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for battling the largest wildfire in island history, but whether the volunteers who threw themselves into the fight will get their costs reimbursed remains to be seen.