PUNA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Puna lava flow has advanced approximately 425 yards since Wednesday and is now less than a half mile from Pahoa. Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say the leading edge of the flow is about 0.3 miles from Apaa Street near the Pahoa Transfer Station — forcing them to close Apaa Street and Cemetery Road between the transfer station and Kaohe Homesteads Road. Civil Defense and public safety personnel will also be permanently staffed in the area to maintain close observation of the flow activity.
Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say currently all lava flow activity does not pose an immediate threat to area communities. Hawaii 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 there was very little burning activity and smoke conditions were moderate Thursday morning. They say there is no brush fire threat at this time.
Officials also want to remind people that the flow is not visible and cannot be accessed from any public areas. The Kaohe Homesteads subdivision is still restricted to property-owners and residents only.
The next lava flow community update meeting will be held with representatives from Hawaii County Civil Defense and the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory on Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.
In addition, the County of Hawaii has established an Incident Command Center and Informational Resource Center at the Pahoa Community Center. Residents are invited to the information center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For the latest Civil Defense message, go to http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/. For more information, contact Hawaii County Civil Defense at (808) 935-0031.
More details tonight on Hawaii News Now.