Incident: Eruption Information Update
This is a Lava Flow and Brush Fire Information Update for Sunday September 21st at 8:00am
This morning’s assessment shows the surface lava flow has slowed considerably and has advanced approximately 75 yards since yesterday. No evacuation is needed at this time and area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.
The current lava flow had moved into lighter vegetation yesterday and had started a brush fire in a remote area above Apa’a Road to the west or mauka of Highway 130. No structures or properties are threatened. The Hawaii Fire Department and the Department of Public Works are working to contain the fire area and to prevent any threat to neighboring communities. This morning there was very little fire activity with several hotspots within the perimeter.
Smoke conditions were moderate to heavy and due to a light south wind; the smoke was being dispersed across the Puna and Hilo areas. Smoke conditions are expected to improve with the increase in trade winds later today.
Construction activities on the Railroad Avenue and Government Beach Road are continuing.
Once again, the public is reminded that the flow cannot be accessed and is not visible from any public areas. Access to the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision remains restricted and limited to subdivision residents only.
- For daily eruption updates including the latest information on the currently active June 27th lava flow, please visit the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO) at http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/
- The American Lung Association has issued a warning of health effects from smoke. Please visit their website for more information http://www.lung.org/associations/state/hawaii/ or read the September 8, 2014 Press Release.
- The State of Hawaii Department of Health advises residents downwind of the lava flow to take precautions against smoke. Please visit their website for more information http://health.hawaii.gov/or read the September 5, 2014 advisory.