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Congresswoman serves with National Guard in Pahoa

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard serves with the National Guard in Pahoa U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard serves with the National Guard in Pahoa

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii congresswoman who is a captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard has been called to the Big Island where she'll help with a lava flow that's threatening Pahoa.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's office says she'll join about 80 National Guard soldiers and airmen already on the ground.

It's not clear how long her duty in Pahoa will last. Her offices in Hawaii and Washington D.C. will remain open.

Slow-moving lava from Kilauea volcano has been creeping toward communities in the Puna district. Lava has reached Pahoa, crossing a country road, smothering part of a cemetery and burning down a shed.

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say the lava's flow front is stalled for now. The flow front on Tuesday morning remains about 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road.

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