Californian firefighters join to battle the flames

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - On the Big Island, five firefighters from California joined Hawaii crews to battle a wildfire around the Kamoamoa fissure eruption at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The firefighters are from the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, close to Redding, California.

Over 1,704 acres in the national park have burned as of Thursday. The fire started Sunday, March 13, 2011. Officials say the flames were sparked by lava at Kilauea volcano. The Kamoamoa fissure is located 8 miles east of the Kilauea summit.

The strong winds over the week have caused the fire to spread quickly. However, waning winds over the past couple of days have aided firefighters towards getting the fire under control.

The national park remains open, although some trails and roadways have been closed.

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