Lava Report: New Flow Front on Verge of Overtaking Old One

The leading edge one of the of the newer lava breakouts has nearly caught up with the stalled front above Pahoa Marketplace.  The new front is now .6 miles above Highway 13, almost directly mauka of the new Pahoa police and fire stations.  According to Hawaii County Civil Defense, this breakout had advanced about 50 yards since yesterday.

Both Civil Defense and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory report other active breakouts further upslope as well.  HVO singled out a long narrow lobe headed northeast, which had advanced about 50 yards a day during the previous week and could follow a steepest descent path that intersects Highway 130 about .6 miles south of the Maku`u Farmer’s Market.  HVO noted that smoke from recent brush fires had obscured aerial views of this flow, which was about 2.1 miles above Highway 130 as of Tuesday.

“With the ongoing dry weather conditions, brush fire activity related to the lava flow is likely to continue,” noted Civil Defense this morning.  “Hawaii Fire Department personnel and equipment are on scene and monitoring the fire conditions. The fires that occurred yesterday are contained with the fire break perimeters and additional work is being done to improve fire break conditions. There is currently no fire threat to area residents and properties.”  But some  social media posts over the past two days have reported hot ash  from the fires occasionally falling in Ainaloa .

Civil Defense noted heavy smoke and vog, borne by northeast winds into the lower Puna and Hilo areas. “Smoke conditions may increase in some areas and individuals who may be sensitive or have respiratory problems are advised to take necessary precautions and to remain indoors,” noted Civil Defense’s morning report, which came out at 7:45 a.m.




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