The June 27th lava flow remains active. A Civil Defense overflight yesterday morning reported a reduction in surface activity at the flow front, with fewer active breakouts on the surface and less burning. However, steaming continued in cracks around the flow front, suggesting that lava continues to move beneath the surface. The flow front at that time did not appear to have advanced significantly from the previous day (Sept. 4), when the flow front was 13.3 km (8.3 miles) from the vent and 1.2 km (0.7 miles) from the eastern boundary of the Wao Kele o Puna forest reserve. The HVO overflight that was scheduled for yesterday was postponed until today due to mechanical issues. Another HVO flight is planned for Monday.
Small breakouts also remain active closer to Pu?u ????, roughly midway along the length of the June 27th flow. None of these breakouts have been very vigorous recently, and there was no significant change overnight based on webcam views. Some of these breakouts are also creeping into the forest and producing smoke plumes.