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VIDEO: Wildfire Burns Homes

July 31, 2018, 12:45 PM HST
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Videographer Mick Kalber released this video of an overflight of the East Rift Zone he took with Paradise Helicopters on Sunday, July 29, 2018.

Kalber stated:

A wildfire, apparently sparked by a lava flow below the braided channel, and not far above Kapoho Crater burned several homes and farms east of PGV yesterday. A more exact count was not possible due to the fact that we are required to fly at 3K feet.

Oddly, the fire, which scorched hundreds of acres of grass and farmland went around most of the homes, while torching others.

The flow near Pohoiki had made little or no progress yesterday and remained at bay today, according to my partner, Bruce Omori. He flew today, I was too sick with the flu to go.

Apparently some new ocean entry activity was spotted at Shacks, but none has made the corner to the boat ramp. Ocean entries still feed lava into the Pacific over a two mile stretch from Pohoiki to where Vacationland once stood [and] the volume of lava appears to have increased at the ocean entry.

Pele [the volcano goddess] has created over 740 acres of new land and numerous black sand beaches all along the new coastline.

Activity at Fissure 8 has become somewhat flat, with spattering only on the west end, but she is still pouring out a ton of liquid lava.

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