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Civil Defense: Lava flow remains stalled

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    The leading edge of the June 27 lava flow stalled on Oct. 30 about 170 yards above Pahoa Village Road.
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The lava flow heading toward Pahoa town remains stalled with very little activity and has not advanced over the past week, Hawaii County Civil Defense said after an aerial assessment Saturday morning.

The leading edge of the June 27 lava flow stalled on Oct. 30 about 170 yards above Pahoa Village Road.  There were multiple breakouts in areas upslope of the leading edge which are approximately 0.7 to 1.5 miles above Apaa Street and along the north side of of the flow and moving in a northeast direction, Civil Defense officials said.

Active burning along the flow edges is limited to vegetation in contact with the flow. There is no brush fire threat at this time, Civil Defense said.

The evacuation advisory for residents downslope of the flow is still in effect.

Pahoa Village Road between Apaa St. and the Post Office Road remains closed and limited to area residents only.

Schools in the area have been closed since late October in order to prepare for the relocation of students from the Pahoa Complex and Keone-poko — a school in the projected path of the lava flow.

About 850 Pahoa Complex students north of the flow will attend Keaau starting Monday.

The transition process is affecting about 1,700 students and 300 employees.

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