By AUDREY McAVOY and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
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.