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An overflight assessment Sunday morning showed an increase in activity with the lava flow front advancing approximately 25 yards since Saturday, the Hawaii County Civil Defense said.

The small breakout flow upslope from the leading edge along the north flank also remains active and has advanced approximately 30 yards since yesterday and remains further upslope and to the north and does not pose an immediate threat to area communities, Civil Defense said.

The Hawaii Police Department and the State Department of Transportation closed Highway 19 in Hilo to all traffic from Waianuenue Avenue to Pauahi Street due to high surf and wave run up and debris.  

The June 27th flow, which continues to advance toward the northeast, poses no immediate threat to residential areas but could reach Pahoa within weeks, scientists estimate.

The next lava flow community update meeting is scheduled for October 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

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