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Guard troops sent to site of Hawaii lava flow

By AUDREY McAVOY and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The National Guard is deploying troops to a rural Hawaii town as lava makes a slow crawl toward a major road.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said Thursday the National Guard is deploying 83 troops to Pahoa to help provide security.

The troops will help with a roadblock and with other safety issues.

Oliveira says the lava on is about 500 feet from Pahoa Village Road, which goes through downtown.

The flow has slowed and a finger of the leading edge remains 100 feet from a house.

So far the lava has burned a shed, tires, some metal materials and mostly vegetation.

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