The Hawaii National Guard is no longer needed to help deal with a lava flow threatening Puna.
Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira has amended his request for assistance, allowing the withdrawal of National Guard personnel from roadblocks near the June 27 lava flow. Oliveira said he was "assured they could return quickly if needed" and added that equipment used by the soldiers was being kept on Hawaii Island. According to the "Hawaii Tribune-Herald," more than 80 members of the Hawaii Army and Air National Guard were deployed to help police with operating roadblocks and maintaining security in areas where voluntary evacuations occurred. Aloha, Russ.