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Officials Confront Lahaina's Fire Evacuation Route Problem With Computer Simulations

Posted on AllSides February 14th, 2024
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For the past three months, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been running computer models that gauge how quickly people might have escaped the deadly Aug. 8 wildfire in Lahaina if alternate routes were available. That federal work aims to support Maui County leaders, including its fire chief and public works director, as they grapple with how to best prevent the traffic gridlock that trapped so many people fleeing the fast-moving blaze from ever happening again. Corps officials expect their Lahaina computer modeling, which uses software called LifeSim, to...

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