WEBSITE OF THE YELLOWKNIFE AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, CANADA

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Burned Cars, Front Street, Lahaina 9 August 2023 (US Civil Air Patrol - Public Domain)

The news from Hawaii has focused on personal accounts and images of damaged housing and infrastructure from the recent wildfires on the island of Maui in the Hawaiian archipelago.  Communications have been reported as intermittent and the full extent of casualties is still not yet known. 

Limited contact with radio amateurs occurred in Lahaina due to there being very few HAMs in the area.  A report of confirmed active and destroyed repeater systems is at:  https://amrron.com/2023/08/10/maui-disaster-ham-radio-updates/ .  Further updates are at:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CfWIk6ZTlbcbfizyZ9-DOJyqHusbA0KWBE2RSVMCtMg/edit .  

The Hawaii Amateur Radio Emergency Services system is active.  We note that the Incident Command System is being followed and that an Incident Radio Communications Plan (ICS 205) is present at:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kaVkvRMRO4Cy5rOYkblSf5pRnIqDWh42/edit .  VHF, UHF and HF frequencies are listed. Local amateurs are asked to refrain from using these frequencies so as to keep them clear.

Hawaii has a population of about 1.4 M (according to Wikipedia).  Maui has a population of about 164,000.