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PHOTO ILLUSTRATION COURTESY HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY A photo taken Friday shows the front of the June 27 flow heading toward Pahoa, shown in the upper right. The flow front was 2.1 miles from Pahoa Village Road. Kaohe Homesteads is seen in the foreground.
COURTESY HAWAIIAN VOLCANO OBSERVATORY Fallen trees are left in the wake of the June 27 lava flow. The pahoehoe flow is too thin and slow to topple trees as it passes; instead the lava surrounds the trees and burns through the base. When the trees fall over, the flow surface may have cooled enough that the trunks remain intact. Ash is left in the hottest spots.