Fewer people are being cited for entering restricted lava areas

Fewer people are being cited for entering restricted lava areas

PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Authorities say fewer people are being cited for entering restricted areas of volcanic activity.

Officers have given 84 citations total since extreme eruption activity began in lower Puna about two months ago. Only two citations were handed out last week, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

One citation was given to a second-time offender, a Pahoa man who was spotted by authorities near the Nanawale Forest Reserve & Lava Tree State Park. The man was cited for loitering in a disaster area. He was one of five people cited in the same area on June 6.

Another Pahoa resident was cited by officers on July 3. He was cited for entering an area near Papaya Farms Road.

If convicted, citations could carry a fine as high as $5,000 and a year in jail.

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