Police announced this morning that Post Office Road in Pahoa, which had been closed to ingressing traffic in order to facilitate evacuations since lava first approached Pahoa, has been reopened to two-way traffic. The leading edge of the flow remains stalled about 170 yards north of Pahoa Village Road, though active lava outbreaks continue upslope, one of which continues to slowly fill in the lower truck road at the former transfer station/recycling/reuse center. Smoke from burning asphalt and vegetation continue to be “moderate to heavy,” and a light south wind may be pushing it toward the Ainaloa, Hawaiian Paradise Park and Keaau, according to Civil Defense, which advises those with respiratory problems and smoke sensitivity to observe precautions and stay indoors.
Below: the slowly advancing flow at the recycling center. Photo from Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.