Media release | Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The Kamoamoa Eruption sparked fire continues to burn.
Park firefighters report that over 1,166 acres have burned during the past 48 hours. Although the fire area received scant rainfall overnight, the strong gusty winds today have pushed the fire southwest toward Holei Pali.
Hawai’i Volcanoes’ firefighters are holding the fire to the east and north of the Chain of Craters Road.
The lava ignited fire is moving through an area that has at least burned twice previously due to lava flows. The wind driven fire is fueled by uluhe fern and ohi’a trees. Smoke may be visible from many locations near the park.
The Chain of Craters Road remains closed at Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu.
Additional firefighting resources from California have been ordered and are expected to arrive Friday, March 17, 2011.
Two webcams set out by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory continue to capture the images of the smoke rising from the burn area.