UPDATE: Lava Closing in on Government Beach Road

Updated at 12:05 p.m

Hawai`i County Civil Defense reported in its 12 p.m. update that fissure 8 is very active and producing a large flow.

As of 11 a.m. this morning, the flow front was still above the Four Corners area.

At the present rate, officials say it is possible the lava flow may cross Government Beach Road near Four Corners within hours.

Residents in Vacationland, Kapoho Beach Lots and in areas near Highway 137 are advised to complete evacuation or risk isolation

Traffic is flowing both ways to allow evacuation.

Shelters at the Kea’au Community Center and the Sure Foundation Church have been relocated to the Kea’au Armory, in the back of the Herbert Shipman Park, off of Highway 11.

The shelter at Pahoa Community Center remains open. The shelters are pet friendly.

Leilani Estate east of Pomaikai Street is under mandatory evacuation order. All persons must clear the area by now.

Original story published at 9:26 a.m.

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that vigorous lava eruptions continue on the east rift of Kilauea.

As of Hawai`i County Civil Defense’s 9 a.m. update, fissure 8 was very active and producing a large, fast-moving flow.

The flow front is half-a-mile above the Four Corners area, and moving quickly.

At the present rate, it is possible the lava flow may cross Government Beach Road near Four Corners within 7 to 10 hours, according to officials.

Residents in Vacationland, Kapoho Beach Lots and in areas near Highway 137 are advised to evacuate the area immediately. Traffic is flowing both ways to allow evacuation.

County officials say residents should complete evacuation by 2 p.m. or risk the possibility of being isolated.

Shelters at the Pahoa Community Center, Kea`au Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church remain open and are pet friendly.

Due to the ongoing Kilauea volcanic hazard, Civil Defense will not be participating in the monthly siren test.

Photo: Crews make visual observations of activity at fissure 8 around 5:30 a.m. on May 31. USGS photo.