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DLNR Media Advisory-CalFire Chief Who Led 2018 California Firefight Reflects on 30 Years of Service

Posted on Jun 13, 2019 in Latest Department News

(Honolulu) – Ken Pimlott spent three decades in the fire service, including eight years as Chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). He retired in late 2018, after California experienced one of the worst fire seasons in history.  86 people were killed and nearly 14,000 homes were burned. Chief Pimlott will share his experiences and wisdom during a public presentation and talk about how people’s encroachment into forests, coupled with changing climate conditions are likely to lead to more destructive and potentially deadly fires across the west, including in Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i Dept. of Land and Natural Resources is pleased to welcome Chief Pimlott for this special presentation.


  • Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott (ret). – Reflections on 30 Years of Fire Service


  • Monday, June 24, 2019

4:00 – 5:45 p.m.


  • Hawai‘i State Capitol Auditorium


  • Chief Ken Pimlott (ret.), California Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection


  • Chief Pimlott’s remarks will be aired live by ‘Ōlelo Community Television on Channel 49 or can be viewed live at

Media coverage is invited.

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Media Contact:

Dan Dennison

Senior Communications Manager

(808) 587-0396

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