See More →Thousands of people fled a record-breaking wildfire on Hawaii’s Big Island over the weekend, in the wake of mandatory evacuations provoked by out-of-control flames that have scorched over 62 square miles (40,000 acres) and destroyed at least two homes in South Kohala. “It’s the biggest [fire] we’ve ever had on this island,” said Mitch Roth, mayor of Hawaii County, according to the AP. “I definitely need to think of a plan because it’s a life changer,” Kihe told Hawaii News Now. In addition to the immediate destructive threat that the fires pose to communities and first responders in their path, the smoke from the flames have lowered air quality on the Big Island. Kazuo Todd, Hawaii Fire Department Chief, said half of the fire was contained as of Monday evening local time, according to West Hawaii Today.