Published by abcnews.go.com on September 8, 2023.
The wildfires in Maui may finally be fully contained, but the environmental impact left in the wake of the the infernos will last for years to come, experts told ABC News.
As the Maui community begins to heal from the wildfires that killed more than 100 people and incinerated a large portion of the island, residents will now start to grapple with the painstaking cleanup and rebuilding phase, an emotional process that could also contain health risks, the experts said.
The cleanup process will need to be done “very carefully,” due to the hazards, Kristina Dahl, senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told ABC News.
“The health and safety impacts of the Maui fires go beyond the initial blaze due to the variety of air pollutants released,” David Broday, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, told ABC News.