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. Kurt Cobain

    Where do bad folks go when they dieeee? They don't go to heaven where the angels flyyy. They go to a lake of fire and friiight.. See em again til the fourth of Jew lieeee... Are we not already floating on a lake of fire!? Common sense would dictate that there are bound to be scam artists and snakes around every corner. Relax folks hades just farted. Nothing to see here. The miracle is that this planet is still beautiful in the face of true evil. Act accordingly or you may never see heaven again.

    March 24, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar Milan The Communist Whisperer

    @Brad: Life is "TOO" hard, not "to" hard. Too means also, or it means excessive. To is a direction as in giving Aids to someone. You don't give aids too someone, but you can give someone aids too. See the difference? Yes I'm Cesar and I'm on welfare.

    March 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar Milan The Communist Whisperer

    @Brad: I think it's spelled terraform. Terra+Form=Terraform I vote we keep all illiterates and bible thumpers here. All in favor say "aye".

    March 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jester

    Valcanoes? Val Kilmer? I'm now dumber after reading your drivel.

    March 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rug

    So should the EPA send a bill and/or fine to God for the natural disaster wiping out the animal and bug species that nobody cares about, except for National Geographic scientists, some biologists and PBS stockholders?

    March 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joel

    Natural selection.

    March 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sabrina

    That's so sad and horrible I hope they figure out a way to help the animals and wildlife

    March 24, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kimpaka

    Madam Pele can do what she wants, this is after all her aina (land). Maybe if all of us that live here took Pele a case of gin, & maile leaf lei's, she would no doubt back off of her fiery rmpage. No ka aina no ka oi!

    March 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jenny

    ... and can someone please join me in saving the word "than?" Than is a good word! It's not the same word as "then!!"

    March 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Revelation of John

    First of all I do believe in the RESURRECTION and then the Judgement.....It is ,after all 'appointed to each man/woman to DIE once, it is the Second Death that you must try to avoid at all cost!! I feel only the love for each other and for our good earth is worthy of remembrance....Long live the smiling arachnids of paradise! Yes, by all means keep the illiterates here....there is so little to laugh about these days :)ALOHA 'Y'all

    March 24, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar w

    U got that Mr. Brad?

    March 24, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bizzaro Cesar

    ?darB .rM taht tog U

    March 24, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dwayne Herbert Alizondo Mountain Dew Comacho

    Notice how the Christian wants to keep the illiterates here with them? You can't write comedy like that. 😀

    March 24, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. rikkak

    Wow. fascinating so many opinons so little facts. god is love, only love, always love. its that simple. what makes THESE FINAL DAYS any more final than th previous days over the last 2011 years? ever since chist was MARTYRED NOT CRUCIFIED we have been waiting for him to come fix what we fd up without regard for future generations cuz JESUS will come in the nick of time and save us all? SAVE URSELF! AND RMEMBER RELIGION IS FOR THOSE NOT YET PREPARED TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES!!!

    March 24, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cynthia Rutherford

    Hey Mike,Have you ever read the BiBLE? It is a beautiful book.It has a lot of things in it that would make you want to believe and you really need to read Revelations.And were are to fear the Lord.He can destroy before the volcano can if he wanted. He is powerful.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
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