Winds push smoke from a large fire in Kapolei towards the west side on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (Courtesy: Verrick Melendez)

HONOLULU (KHON2) — On Wednesday night, fire officials responded to a two-alarm fire at Island Recycling in Kapolei at around 8:20 p.m.

According to the Honolulu Fire Department, the blaze reached up to 100 feet as multiple units were forced to battle the fire overnight.

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HFD stated the south wind weather pattern is causing the smoke from the piles of recyclables on fire to travel towards the west side of the island — which triggered many calls to the 911 system.

A mixture of metals, plastics and rubber is being burned making it unclear what’s in the smoke.

HFD said the fire is also moving around and attacking several different piles in the area.

“And as different piles heat up it ignites the piles next to them. So we’re trying our best to protect some machinery and stuff that we’re trying to keep them running,” said HFD Battalion Chief, John Pacheco.

Pacheco stated that surrounding businesses are currently not in danger.

Verrick Melendez was working nearby at a power plant when he saw the fire behind him around 8:30 p.m.

“I heard over the radio that there was a fire on the backside of our plant so I went to go check it out and it was huge already. (I) could hear popping and crackling,” said Melendez.

While fire personnel contains the fire using only water, no special fire retardants are being used so that it does not enter waterways and the canal in the area.

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It is currently unknown what started the fire but HFD is investigating the incident.