PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawai'i County Civil Defense released the following update Saturday, September 13:
"The current assessment shows the surface lava flow continues towards the northeast and has advanced approximately 150 yards since yesterday. Presently the leading edge of the surface flow is located approximately 0.2 miles from the northwest or upper corner of the Wao Kele Forest Reserve and Kaohe homesteads boundary. Currently the flow does not pose and immediate threat to area communities however residents of the Kaohe Subdivision are advised to monitor the local radio broadcasts for further updates and for possible evacuation instructions if conditions change. Residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary. Personnel of the Civil Defense Office will be continuing door to door notification in the North Road area of Kaohe Homesteads.
"There is no brush fire threat at this time and all burning is limited to the vegetation that is in direct contact with the flow. Smoke conditions may be moderate to heavy depending on wind conditions. During periods of heavy smoke conditions the department of Health and American Lung Association have provided the following recommendations: Remain indoors and limit or avoid outdoor activities. If possible close all windows and if available use air conditioners on a recirculation setting. If driving through areas of heavy smoke keep windows closed and if available use the air conditioner on the recirculation setting. If symptoms or discomforts increase to seek medical attention and leave the area.
"Residents in the subdivisions of Hawaiian Beaches and Hawaiian Paradise Park are advised that construction activities on the Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road have started and will be running continuously through the weekend and next week. These activities are to establish alternate road access in the event Highway 130 is affected by the lava flow. The public is reminded that the flow cannot be accessed and is not visible from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision will be restricted and limited to subdivision residents only."
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