Headline RoundupAugust 22nd, 2023

At Least 115 Dead, 700 Still Missing in Maui Wildfires

Summary from the AllSides News Team

At least 115 people are dead and 700 are still missing after the wildfires in Maui, Hawaii.

Key Details: The wildfires, which started on August 8, are the deadliest in the U.S. since 1918 and may permanently displace many native islanders. As of Monday night, there were no active fire threats, and the fires were not advancing.

Key Quote: A news release from Maui County on Sunday night said that, “There are 115 confirmed fatalities with 100% of the single-story, residential properties searched in the disaster area. Search teams will now transition to searching multi-story residential and commercial properties.”

For Context: Many sources agreed that the wildfires were likely caused by invasive plants and irresponsible power grid management.  Maui experienced erratic winds from Hurricane Dora, and the difficult terrain and direction of the fires have made them difficult to control.

How the Media Covered it: Sources from across the political spectrum continue to cover recovery efforts, as well as the visit to Maui from President Joe Biden on Monday.

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