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
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
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)