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    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Fire Creeping in Hawai`i Volcanoes

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Date: March 14, 2011
Contact: Mardie Lane, 808-985-6018

There is currently no lava activity on Kilauea Volcano's east rift. However, a lava flow from the Kamoamoa Eruption has sparked a slow-moving wildfire.

Park firefighters report that at least 75 acres have burned during the past 24-hours.

The lava-ignited fire is creeping through ohia forest, fueled by uluhe fern. It's burning in an area that has burned on at least two previous occasions due to lava flows.

In preparation, firefighters set up large dipping ponds at two locations on Chain of Craters Road in the event water bucket drops are needed tomorrow.

They'll fly over the area Tuesday morning to assess the fire threat situation and determine what response, if any, to take.

This afternoon, two webcams set out by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory captured images of the smoke rising from the burn area.

The webcam images can be viewed at http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/cams/NCcam/ and http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/hvo/cams/KWcam/

Did You Know?

Ripe `ohelo berries ready to be eaten by nene.

`Ohelo (Vaccinium reticulatum) is a relative of blueberries and a favorite food of nene, the Hawaiian Goose. Its berries range from dark red to pale yellow when ripe and are sacred to Pele, the volcano deity.