Lava flow front moves another 120 yards

Hawaii County Civil Defense said in its morning message Tuesday’s assessment of the June 27 lava flow shows the flow front continues to be active and has advanced approximately 120 yards since yesterday. The narrow flow front is moving along the tree line and the burning activity is producing a significant amount of smoke. The brush fire that started from the lava flow yesterday has been contained and fire department personnel are continuing with mop up operations. Smoke conditions in the area were moderate to heavy and expected to improve as the winds pick up through the day.

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Hawaii County Civil Defense said in its morning message Tuesday’s assessment of the June 27 lava flow shows the flow front continues to be active and has advanced approximately 120 yards since yesterday. The narrow flow front is moving along the tree line and the burning activity is producing a significant amount of smoke. The brush fire that started from the lava flow yesterday has been contained and fire department personnel are continuing with mop up operations. Smoke conditions in the area were moderate to heavy and expected to improve as the winds pick up through the day.

Current flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities and no evacuation is needed at this time. Area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.

The public is also reminded that the flow is not visible and cannot be accessed from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will remain restricted to area residents only.

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The state Department of Health advises residents dependent on medical services, treatment, or supplies and who live in communities that may be cut off by the advancing lava flow to relocate outside the affected area to ensure continued access to necessary medical support. If the lava flow crosses Highway 130, medical services and supplies will be severely limited and emergency medical service response time may be significantly delayed.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the lava flow, residents and visitors are advised to listen to Hawaii County Civil Defense updates and advisories.

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