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Lava-sparked forest fire chars 1,166 acres on Big Island

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:22 a.m. HST, Mar 17, 2011

Fires started from the Kamoamoa eruption of Kilauea Volcano burned more than 1,166 acres over two days, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials said.

Gusty winds pushed the fires southwest toward Holei Pali, park officials said Thursday.

Park firefighters are holding the blaze to the east and north of Chain of Craters Road, which remains closed at Mau Loa O Mauna Ulu.

California firefighters are expected Friday as reinforcements.

The lava-ignited fire is moving through and area of uluhe fern and ohia that has burned at least twice due to lava flows, the park said.

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