Lava tour turns deadly: Guide leading hike in Kalapana area dies after noxious steam engulfs group

  • A tour guide died Thursday while viewing lava in lower Puna. Both county helicopters were reportedly dispatched to the scene, as were county fire paramedics and police.

    HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald

Rain falling on a lava flow in the Kalapana lava viewing area Thursday morning caused a noxious steam cloud that overcame four people hiking on a guided tour, according to the Hawaii Fire Department.