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Civil Defense Update – Lava Flow Extends From Crack Entry

Daily helicopter over flights and assessments of the eruption are continuing.  This morning’s assessment showed that there is currently some surface activity.  The current flow had entered a crack system earlier this week and there is some evidence to indicate subsurface lava activity.  The surface flow has extended approximately 200-300 yards from the crack entry.

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Presently, the current activities and flow does not present with an immediate or imminent threat to area communities.

As the surface flow moves through the vegetation, smoke conditions may increase and fluctuate with changes in wind conditions.  There is no brush fire or wildland fire threat at this time and all burning is limited to the perimeter of the flow.

The location of the surface flow is approximately 1.4 miles southwest or upslope of the Wao Kele Puna Forest Reserve boundary.  Eruption activity will be monitored and additional updates will be provided.

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Area residents are encouraged to continue to review their emergency plans in the event conditions change and should an evacuation be necessary.  As stated, the current flow activity does not present with an immediate or imminent threat.  This update is to keep area residents informed of current observations.

The public is advised that the flow cannot be accessed and is not visible from any public areas.  Please do not attempt to access the area as there are many cracks and dense vegetation.  In addition please refrain from attempting to do so through the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision and respect the privacy of area residents.  Enforcement officers of the State Department of Land and Natural Resources will be conducting patrols and reminding persons in the area of the restricted access.