MFD: Kahoʻolawe Fire ʻNot Expected to Stop Anytime Soonʻ

February 23, 2020, 11:23 AM HST · Updated February 23, 8:51 PM
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Maui fire crews are continuing to monitor a brush fire that broke out on the Southwest end of Kahoʻolawe on Saturday that has now burned 2635 acres, according to officials.

Firefighters suspended response efforts Saturday morning over concerns of unexploded ordnance.

Fire officials say the fire was reported at about 10 on Saturday morning in Kealaikahiki. By 11:30 a.m., officials estimated that the fire had scorched about 100 acres and was moving in the mauka direction.

After conducting an aerial survey of the blaze at about 9:30 this morning, fire officials say 2635 acres are “actively burning” and that the fire is “not expected to stop anytime soon.”

No other aerial recon flight was scheduled today.

Officials say the department is cannot carry out firefighting efforts by land or air due to the unexploded ordnances.

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The cause of the fire remains unknown.

No information regarding damages is available at this time.

More updates will be provided as they become available. 

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