- Associated Press - Thursday, March 26, 2015

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is downgrading the alert level for Kilauea.

The observatory said Wednesday the alert level goes from warning to watch.

Lava continues to erupt, but flows closest to the town of Pahoa have become inactive in recent weeks.

The lava from Kilauea volcano emerged from a vent in June and entered Pahoa Oct. 26, when it crossed a country road at the edge of town. Lava smothered part of a cemetery and burned down a garden shed and a house. It also burned tires, some metal materials and mostly vegetation in its path.

The observatory says based on the rate and trajectory of active flows, scientists anticipate that it will be months before lava could reach to within 1 mile of homes of infrastructure.

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