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National Guard to demobilize as lava remains stalled

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    Private 1st Class Debney Jaramillo briefs her team prior to patrols in Puna Thursday

PAHOA>>The Hawaii National Guard stationed in Pahoa since the end of October will be demobilizing as the lava flowing from Kilauea Volcano remains stalled.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said the county has requested the demobilization.

While activity from the so-called June 27 lava flow continues at various break-out points, the front of the flow that was heading towards the Pahoa Marketplace remains stalled and merchants are returning to area. 

The county is also pulling back personnel guarding Apaa Street, where lava had crossed the road, and near the Pahoa Recycling and Transfer Station that was previously used as a public lava viewing site.

Oliveira said the troops will return if the threat of lava becomes imminent again.

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