The blaze continues on Big Island

KILAUEA, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - The fire continues in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, as crews continue working to monitor and scout the area.

It began on March 5th, 2011, at 2 p.m., after volcanic activity along the Kamoamoa Fissure of the East Rift of Kilauea volcano. Sources say molton rock pools and flows led to brush fires. About 1833 acres have burned so far, and the fire is not yet contained.

Fire crews are working to take fuel samples, and suppress the fire. The radiant heat generated by lava flow makes the fires continue to burn. The efforts are especially focused because of wildlife and forests in the area. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park firefighters are being joined by Whiskeytown National Recreation Area crews and other Volcanoes employees.

Smoke is visible, but crews are monitoring air quality to make sure all visitors and employees are safe.

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