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Lava flowing toward Pahoa continues to slow

  • shown in the upper right. The flow front was 2.1 miles from Pahoa Village Road. Kaohe Homesteads is seen in the foreground.
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The Kilauea lava flow continues to slow, advancing approximately 75 yards since Saturday, according to the Civil Defense overflight assessment Sunday morning.

The flow moved into lighter vegetation and started a brush fire above Apaa Road mauka of Highway 130 on Saturday. 

The fire was reported at 2:45 p.m. and is believed to have started when lava moved through light brush in a vacant lot.

The fire is contained and no properties or structures are threatened, Civil Defense said.

The slowed rate of the flow may be due to a reduction in lava supply related to ongoing summit deflation, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory said on its website.  If so, the flow advance rate could rise again in the coming days as the summit resumes inflation.

The flow is about 1.4 miles upslope from Apaa Street on the outskirts of Pahoa and has advanced 10.2 miles from its source at Puu Oo crater.

The next community update meeting with representatives of Hawaii County Civil Defense and the volcano observatory will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pahoa High School cafeteria. Also, an information desk will open at 8 a.m. Monday at the Pahoa Community Center.

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