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State Closes Land Near Lava For Public Safety

September 25, 2014, 10:42 AM HST
* Updated September 25, 10:44 AM
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Anyone caught trespassing on State land near the June 27 lava flow could face a penalty of $5,000.

According to a press release from the Department of Land and Natural Resources Thursday, all state unencumbered lands near the flow are now closed.

The announcement comes after there have been reports of tour groups and people wandering onto the lands to look at the lava.

Wao Kele O Puna forest reserve and Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve are off-limits, as well.

William J. Aila,Jr., DLNR chairperson, made the following statement in the release:

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“DLNR intends to prosecute any trespassers who willfully violate the closures and place enforcement officers and emergency personnel at increased risk.”

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The Governor’s proclamation enhances the penalties for any offense committed during this emergency.

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