VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) - Soaking rains over the Big Island on
Sunday helped Hawaii Volcanoes National Park firefighters prevent
the spread of a wildfire ignited by a lava flow from Kilauea
Volcano.
A morning aerial reconnaissance found the fire had not spread
overnight after blackening 880 acres at the 2,100-foot elevation on
Pulama Pali on Saturday, park officials said.
Thirty park firefighters patrolled the burn's perimeter, felling
trees with chainsaws and cutting smoldering wood to prevent
flare-ups.
Two private helicopters ferried firefighters to remote landing
sites along the perimeter. The copters were equipped with
100-gallon buckets used to drop water to douse hotspots.
Another aerial reconnaissance was planned for daybreak Monday.

(Copyright 5108 by The Associated Press)