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Helicopter makes emergency landing in Kohala Mountain Range | Hawaii 24/7


Fire/rescue crews responded to a 9:26 a.m. alarm Tuesday (Oct 4) to the Pu‘u O Umi Natural Area Reserve area in the Kohala Mountains for helicopter and crew which made an emergency landing.

Source: Helicopter makes emergency landing in Kohala Mountain Range | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/10/04/helicopter-makes-emergency-landing-in-kohala-mountain-range).

Accessed on 05 October 2016, 15:50 hrs, UTC.

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Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief Darwin Okinaka said the McDonnell Douglas 369E, with the pilot and two passengers on board, went down on the north slope of the Kohala Mountain range near Waimanu Valley. Okinaka said the area “was so remote only our helicopter was able to get up there, so we’re staging down below, waiting in the event there were injuries, but no one was injured…”

Okinaka added that he was told the helicopter experienced “heavy vibrations” before the pilot landed the aircraft safely.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency will investigate the accident.


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PGV reports steam release Thursday afternoon (Sept 29) | Hawaii 24/7


At 3 p.m. today, Puna Geothermal reported a release of steam from one of its wells. The situation was contained and secured as of 3:45 p.m. The Hawaii County Fire Department remains on scene and is…

Source: PGV reports steam release Thursday afternoon (Sept 29) | Hawaii 24/7 (http://www.hawaii247.com/2016/09/29/pgv-reports-steam-release-thursday-afternoon-sept-29/).

Accessed on 30 September 2016, 06:35 hrs, UTC.

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Here’s the latest update on the steam leak at Puna Geothermal Venture in the Puna District.

According to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, one of the wells at PGV vented steam at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, 29 September 2016.

Hawaii Fire Department personnel confirmed that the steam leak “was contained and secured as of 3:45 p.m.”

Hawaii Fire Department crews remain on the scene monitoring air quality at the PGV site, the perimeter of the facility, and in the surrounding community.

Technicians have begun an investigation into the cause of the steam leak.


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Several sickened, but no public alert after chemical leak in Hilo | KHON2


BEI Hawaii had placed the 120-pound cylinder chlorine gas tank in a containment vessel or coffin, but the leak didn’t stop.

Source: Several sickened, but no public alert after chemical leak in Hilo | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/09/27/several-sickened-but-no-public-alert-after-hawaii-chemical-leak/).

Accessed on 28 September 2016, 15:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter: Sara Mattison.

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Comment:

A chlorine gas leak last Thursday morning (22 September 2016) at the BEI facility in Hilo sickened several people, including a firefighter, before the defective gas cylinder was isolated.  Nearby neighbors are asking why a public alert was not issued by the Hawaii County Fire Department.

It took nearly a day to safely contain the leaking chlorine gas cylinder in a water containment vessel while hazmat personnel took readings and kept people away from the area.

Battalion Chief Gerald Kosaki told KHON 2 news that, while the smell was bad, readings were “well below the levels requiring any action…”  The Hawaii Department of Health said BEI “is handling the material for proper disposal”, and a full report is due within 30 days.


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One dead on Hawaii Island after apparent drowning in Wailuku River | KHON2


According to the Hawaii Fire Department, the victim was with his family when he jumped into the water and got swept away.

Source: One dead on Hawaii Island after apparent drowning in Wailuku River | KHON2 (http://www.khon2.com/2016/08/10/one-dead-on-hawaii-island-after-apparent-drowning-in-wailuku-river/).

Accessed on 11 August 2016, 14:45 hrs, UTC.

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Hilo’s Wailuku River has claimed another life.  According to the Hawaii Fire Department, the fatal accident occurred around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, 10 August 2016, in an area known as “Narnia” in the Upper Wailuku River.  The victim was with his family when he jumped into the river and was swept away.  Free divers later found his body at the bottom of the Wailuku River.  The identity of the victim has not been released.


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Seven rescued in ocean off Hakalau | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Heavy rains from the remnants of the former Hurricane Celia necessitated an ocean rescue of seven beach-goers by Hawaii County Fire Department personnel off Hakalau early Monday evening.

Source: Seven rescued in ocean off Hakalau | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/seven-rescued-ocean-hakalau).

Accessed on 20 July 2016, 06:56 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  John Burnett.

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On Monday afternoon, Hawaii County Fire Department rescue crews rescued seven bodyboarders and surfers from the ocean near Hakalau in what Battalion Chief Michael Hayashida called “a flash-flood type event.”  Apparently, rain-swollen water from the flooded Hakalau stream pushed the seven beachgoers into the ocean beyond visual range.  A Hawaii County helicopter spotted the seven people and two rescue swimmers were deployed to get the surfers/bodyboarders on board the helicopter.  Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood advisory for the Hamakua Coast.


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Brush fire burns 1 acre in North Kona | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


KAILUA-KONA — Firefighters quashed a brush fire Thursday afternoon south of Lokahi Apartments in Kailua-Kona.

Source: Brush fire burns 1 acre in North Kona | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://hawaiitribune-herald/news/local-news/brush-fire-burns-1-acre-in-north-kona).

Accessed on 09 July 2016, 03:28 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Chelsea Jensen.

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Hawaii County fire crews have extinguished a brush fire south of the Lokahi Apartments in Kailua-Kona.  Hawaii County Fire Department Battalion Chief Ty Medeiros told reporter Chelsea Jensen that the fire started a little before 2 a.m., Thursday, 07 July 2016.  Because the fire was inaccessible to firefighters, Medeiros said a Hawaii County helicopter was used to do water drops on the fire site.  There were no evacuations, road closures, or structure damages from the blaze.


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Old fire flares up near Waikii Ranch | West Hawaii Today


POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA — A flare-up Wednesday afternoon in an old burn area near Waikii Ranch was spotted and fought largely by helicopters, firefighters said.

Source: Old fire flares up near Waikii Ranch | West Hawaii Today (http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/old-fire-flares-near-waikii-ranch).

Accessed on 30 June 2016, 04:51 hrs, UTC.

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As former New York Yankees catcher and part-time philosopher Yogi Berra once said: “It ain’t over ’till it’s over.”  That phrase can now be applied to remnants of a pesky fire near Waikii Ranch which refused to die.

On Wednesday, 29 June 2016, a tour helicopter making a pass over the Waikii Ranch spotted a flare-up from the 06 June 2016 fire and called the Hawaii Fire Department.  Hawaii Island fire fighters used helicopters with water buckets to douse the newly found flames.  The fire reignited in an isolated area between the Pohakuloa Training Area and the Waikii Ranch. The 06 June 2016 fire consumed about 400 acres of grassland before it was contained.


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