- Associated Press - Friday, September 5, 2014

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say lava is moving very slowly, with very little vegetation burning.

That’s according to an update from the agency after officials took a helicopter flight over the area Friday to gauge the lava’s approach toward homes in the Kaohe Homesteads subdivision.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory raised the eruption alert level from a watch to a warning Thursday. Scientists say Kilauea volcano’s lava could reach Kaohe Homesteads in less than a week.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed an emergency proclamation Friday in preparation for lava crossing Highway 130, which could isolate lower Puna communities from the rest of the island. The proclamation would allow officials to open abandoned roads as alternate routes.

No evacuations have been ordered, but Puna region residents are told to be prepared.

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