• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    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?

`a`a flowing over an older flow of pahoehoe.

The two types of Hawaiian lava differ in appearance but are chemically alike. Pahoehoe has a smoother and ropey surface where a`a is jagged and clinkery.