UPDATE 11 A.M.: Kahoolawe fire now at 2,635 acres
A brush fire on Kahoolawe that crews are unable to fight over concerns of unexploded ordnances has spread to 2,635 acres as of 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the Maui Fire Department has reported.
The fire is actively burning and not expected to stop any time soon, the department said. Crews are currently monitoring the blaze, which was first reported at about 9:50 a.m. Saturday.
Air One, with a battalion chief aboard, was dispatched and confirmed the fire at Kealaikahiki on the southwest end of the uninhabited island, according to Fire Services Chief Rylan Yatsushiro. About 100 acres had burned by 11:30 a.m. Saturday and the fire was moving mauka.
Because the island was once used by the U.S. military as a bombing site, firefighting on Saturday was put on hold due to concerns over unexploded ordnances.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, and no damages had been reported as of Sunday morning.