PUNA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawai'i County Civil Defense officials say the Puna lava flow advanced approximately 100 yards since Saturday as it continues moving through a forested area, producing a significant amount of smoke as it burns through a tree line. Officials say although there is no brush fire threat at this time, smoke and vog conditions across lower Puna to Hilo were moderate to heavy Sunday morning with only only a light south wind.
USGS geologists with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory say the narrow flow is about 76 yards wide and has moved downslope by about 440 yards since Wednesday. The leading edge of the flow is 1.2 miles upslope from Apa'a Street and 1.9 miles from Pahoa Village Road.
Officials say currently all lava flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities. Hawai'i County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira says no evacuation is needed at this time and residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.
County officials say the Railroad Avenue emergency route is not open to the public at this time. They say no public vehicles, persons, or activity is allowed on the roadway until the route is opened, which will only be in the event Highway 130 is unusable due to the lava flow. Officials say access will be limited to Beach Road residents only to minimize disruption and delays as they work to re-route the power distribution north to south.
Officials also want to remind people that the flow is not visible and cannot be accessed from any public areas. The Ka'ohe Homesteads subdivision is still restricted to property-owners and residents only.
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