As lava approaches Saddle, officials work to manage droves seeking to view eruption

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Glow from the Mauna Loa eruption is shown Monday over Hilo from Liliuokalani Park and Gardens.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Cars drive on Saddle Road as people park on the shoulder to view the Mauna Loa lava flow.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald People watch the lava flow from the Mauna Loa eruption Tuesday off of Saddle Road.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The Mauna Loa lava flow is shown Tuesday from the side of Saddle Road.

Lava from Mauna Loa is not on track to approach populated areas anytime soon, but authorities now have to reckon with people flocking to see the eruption.