Gov. David Ige extended the disaster emergency relief period until the end of the year for areas impacted by the lava flow on Hawaii’s Big Island.
The extension suspends some laws to help ease emergency response and increases.
The tip of the lava flow nearest Pahoa has been stalled for several weeks about 550 yards upslope of the Pahoa police and fire stations, but lava continued to be active just above the stalled front on Tuesday.
A breakout on the north margin of the flow has widened, but has not advanced in more than a week. Scattered lava activity continues on the south margin of the flow west of Kaohe Homesteads.
Lava activity on another breakout on the north slope of Pu’u ‘O’o has started to diminish.
Hawaii County Civil Defense did not fly over the flow Wednesday morning because of cloudy weather.
Ige said the state stands ready to support Hawaii County as it responds to the lava flow. He said the lava isn’t just going to go away.
The emergency period had been set to expire on Friday. It is now extended until December 31.