Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats

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Dozens of homes have burned, lava has crossed a road and explosions at the summit bring worries about ash fallout.
    
As lava flows have grown more vigorous, there’s concern more homes may burn and more evacuations will be ordered.
    
Officials want residents in the remote and rural area of the Big Island to heed evacuation warnings. A few people were temporarily trapped when a flow crossed a road. Some had to be airlifted to safety.
    
The area affected by lava and ash is small compared to the Big Island, which is about 4,000 square miles (10,360 square kilometers). Most of the island and the rest of the state is unaffected by Kilauea’s volcanic activity.
      

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