Volcano in Hawaii continues to ignite fires

Hawaii volcano brush fire
Vegetation fire ignited by the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii, January 15, 2015. Photo from the Hawaii Volcano Observatory.

In addition to the 270 acres that burned earlier in the week, the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii ignited fires in two more areas on Thursday that burned about 350 acres by the end of the day. The fires were west of Highway 130, 0.6 to 0.9 mile from the Aina­loa subdivision.

Two  dozers were at the scene improving fire breaks along with two helicopters dropping water.

Hawaii County Assistant Fire Chief Gantry Andrade said the fires would likely be under control by Friday.

A web cam operated by the Hawaii Volcano Observatory at the Pāhoa Marketplace occasionally grabs images of smoke from the lava-ignited fires.

Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii brush fire
Aerial photo taken January 13 showing a vegetation fire ignited by the lava flow from the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii. Note the fire break, which was overrun by the lava.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.