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June 27 Kilauea Lava Flow Advances 100 Yards into Sunday

October 5, 2014, 6:41 PM HST
* Updated October 6, 5:18 PM
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The June 27 Kilauea Lava Flow remains active and continues to move downhill.

According to a Hawai`i County Civil Defense overflight on Sunday morning, the lava flow had advanced about 100 yards in a 24-hour span. The flow has moved consistently since Wednesday, moving downhill about 440 yards in four days.

In a radio message sent Sunday morning, Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira advised residents of an increase in smoke activity due to the path of the lava flow.

“The narrow flow front is moving along the tree line, and the burning activity with that is producing a significant amount of smoke,” Oliveira said in the message. “There is no brush fire threat at this time and the burning is limited to the edges of the flow only.  Due to a light south wind this morning, the vog and smoke conditions were moderate to heavy across lower Puna to Hilo.”

No evacuations have been ordered.

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The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s most recent estimates on the location of the flow were issued Saturday morning. It placed the leading edge of the flow approximately 1.2 miles upslope from Apaa St. and 1.9 miles from Pahoa Village Road. An updated timetable of when the lava could reach those roads was not given.

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Representatives from the HVO and Civil Defense will hold another lava flow community meeting on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. It will be held at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

In a release issued Sunday, the County is maintaining its Incident Command Center and Informational Resource Center at the Pahoa Community Center. It is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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