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Hawaii utilities focus on reducing wildfire risks

ANDREW VLIET / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER
                                At top, destroyed structures are seen six months after the Aug. 8 wildfire that burned down much of Lahaina.
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ANDREW VLIET / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER

At top, destroyed structures are seen six months after the Aug. 8 wildfire that burned down much of Lahaina.

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                                Above, Hawaiian Electric Vice President Jim Alberts, left, and President and CEO Shelee Kimura discussed their company’s wildfire mitigation plans Thursday with state Senate committee members.
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Above, Hawaiian Electric Vice President Jim Alberts, left, and President and CEO Shelee Kimura discussed their company’s wildfire mitigation plans Thursday with state Senate committee members.

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                                Kauai Island Utility Cooperative President and CEO David J. Bissell, center, briefed lawmakers Thursday on the utility’s plans to address wildfire risk mitigation.
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative President and CEO David J. Bissell, center, briefed lawmakers Thursday on the utility’s plans to address wildfire risk mitigation.

ANDREW VLIET / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER
                                At top, destroyed structures are seen six months after the Aug. 8 wildfire that burned down much of Lahaina.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Above, Hawaiian Electric Vice President Jim Alberts, left, and President and CEO Shelee Kimura discussed their company’s wildfire mitigation plans Thursday with state Senate committee members.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Kauai Island Utility Cooperative President and CEO David J. Bissell, center, briefed lawmakers Thursday on the utility’s plans to address wildfire risk mitigation.