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Lava flow sparks brush fire above Apaa Road

Puna brushfire sparked by June 27 lava flow. Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7, Air Transportation by Paradise Helicopters

Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7, Air transportation by Paradise Helicopters

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Hawaii County Civil Defense has reported the current lava flow has moved into lighter vegetation and has started a brush fire in a remote area above Apaa Road to the West or mauka of Highway 130.

No structures or properties are threatened.

The Hawaii Fire Department and the State Department of Forestry are working to contain the fire and to prevent any threat to neighboring communities.

The lava flow has not advanced since this morning and does not present an immediate threat to area communities.

County officials said no evacuation is needed at this time and area residents will be given adequate notice to safely evacuate should that be necessary.

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