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State lands closed due to lava flow

KALAPANA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – The state Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announced Friday that it has closed state lands adjacent to the northeast of the current lava flow near Kalapana. Signs have been posted in the area and the DLNR is asking the public not to trespass for reasons of safety.

"The State has the utmost concern for the safety and welfare of the people wishing to view the lava flow and therefore feels it is in the best interest of the public to close these areas," said Laura Thielen, DLNR chairperson.  

"We are directing people to the Hawaii County's new lava viewing area at the end of Kalapana Road (Hwy. 130)."

The area is popular with hikers. Earlier this month, lava closed down a popular viewing area managed by Hawaii County Civil Defense.

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