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Keauhou Ranch Fire Monday 8/13/18 5:00PM

This is a Civil Defense wildland fire update for Monday, August 13 at 5:00 in the evening. 

The National Park Service reports that the Keauhou Ranch Fire is 3,739 acres and 80% contained. Favorable weather and suppression efforts have slowed the spread of the fire, which is still one mile north of Highway 11. You can find more information, updates, and photos here:

Mauna Loa Road inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed to the public since May 11.

Please drive carefully on Highway 11 as smoke may impact driving conditions.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawai‘i County Civil Defense Agency.


East Rift Zone Eruption Monday 8/13/18

This is a Civil Defense Eruption Update for Monday, August 13.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that eruptive activity remains at reduced levels at Kilauea Summit and the lower east rift zone. Seismic activity at the summit is low with few earthquakes. The lava pond in fissure 8 cone is mostly crusted over. Fissure 8, along with other fissures, continues to release gas. Lava was reported oozing at several points along the Kapoho Bay and Ahalanui coastline creating a laze plume.

Although a lull in activity continues, it is common for eruptions to go through periods of diminished output, or to pause completely, only to reactivate days or weeks later, or longer. Activity could occur at any time. Residents should remain informed and heed Hawaii County Civil Defense messages and warnings.

The following guidelines remain in effect:

  • Do not access the flow field due to extreme hazard. Lava eruption could resume at any time.
  • Motorists on Highway 11 between the 28 and 32 mile markers are advised to stay on the pavement, be alert for changes in road conditions, and drive with caution.
  • The plates on Highway 130 are stable. Motorists are reminded to slow down while traveling through the area. 

There will be an eruption information community meeting in Pahoa tomorrow at 5:00pm in the Pahoa High School Cafeteria.

We are on watch 24-hours a day for your safety.

This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency.