Volcano-sparked fire threatens Hawaii wildlife area
A lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano is measured at more than 6.5 feet high on March 14.
March 24th, 2011
12:52 PM ET

Volcano-sparked fire threatens Hawaii wildlife area

A fire ignited by lava from the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island is threatening what a National Park Service spokesman calls "a living laboratory of Hawaiian plants and animals," the Star-Advertiser in Honolulu reports.

The fire, which began on March 5, has burned 100 acres of a 2,750-acre special ecological area in a lowland rain forest, according to the Park Service.

Among the creatures in the area are happy face spiders, carnivorous caterpillars and the endangered Hawaiian bat, the newspaper said, citing Park Service fire information spokesman Gary Wuchner.

"It best represents what Hawaii was, and is a seed source for plants and refuge for birds," Hawaii Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Mardi Lane told the Star-Advertiser.

Forty Park Service firefighters from Hawaii and western mainland states are battling the fire, according to the report.

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  1. Cynthia Rutherford

    And this is a volcano thats been active for years.Where did the end of times come in on an old volcano? We do not know when the end time will be'but it will be in the twinkling of an eye.....a twinks faster than a blink...THINK ABOUT IT.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. del

    Can't fool mother nature. Volcano's is what made Hawaii what it is today. Let the lava flow. Forget about it you doomsday soothsayers. The end is far from over, idiots.

    March 25, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    Please don't confuse the end of humans with the end of the world. I'm sure that this planet will be around long after we humans have gone the way of the dinosaur. As for the religious thing: why does a natural occurence have to automatically cause an argument between believers and nonbelievers. Quit behaving as if you were all children on a playground.

    March 25, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dwayne Herbert Alizondo Mountain Dew Comacho

    @Dan: We are children on a playground. This is a game preserve..... And we're the game.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dwayne Herbert Alizondo Mountain Dew Comacho

    In the story of Adam & Eve: The two are deceived by a deceitful serpent and cast from paradise. Now why would I want that to happen to me? To be christian is to be tormented from birth to death. God is love not torment.

    March 25, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. gargaryun

    AYE !!!

    March 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Colt 45

    Maybe Cindy has a thing for her barista! LOL

    March 26, 2011 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
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