- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii utility is taking steps to keep the lights on as lava inches closer to Pahoa town.

Hawaii Electric Light says it’s working closely with Hawaii County Civil Defense to plan in case the lava flow isolates areas from the island-wide power grid.

The company says a large diesel generator was relocated to the Kapoho area to provide an alternative energy source.

Crews are encasing power poles with heat resistant materials to protect them from the lava’s heat.

Company spokeswoman Kristen Okinaka says the safety of the community and the company’s employees are its top priorities.

She says residents should call the utility if they have to evacuate. If they can’t make the call, they should shut off electricity at the main breaker and turn off all electric appliances.

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