DLNR Closes Malama Ki Forest Reserve

The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife has closed the Malama Kī Forest Reserve on Hawai‘i island due to lava now flowing into it.

DLNR officials say that Saturday maps showed one of three separate lava flows heading to the ocean with one going through the forest reserve.

It’s possible lava could impact Mackenzie State Recreation Area. The recreation area and Lava Tree State Monument were closed on May 4, 2018 after a series of earthquakes caused cracks in Highway 137.

Photo: Helicopter overflight of the southeast coast of the Puna district during the early morning hours of May 19, 2018. Flows are moving downslope toward the ocean. Photograph courtesy of the Hawai`i County Fire Department.