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Lava flow steams through lush forests as it creeps across Hawaii's Big Island

  • This Nov. 20, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a 'breakout' near a ground crack system near an abandoned geothermal well site near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii County Civil Defense says there continues to be very little activity along the breakouts of the lava flow Tuesday and no advancement has been noted since the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, Volcano Helicopters)

    This Nov. 20, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows a 'breakout' near a ground crack system near an abandoned geothermal well site near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii County Civil Defense says there continues to be very little activity along the breakouts of the lava flow Tuesday and no advancement has been noted since the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, Volcano Helicopters)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, active lava was covering existing flow around a ground crack system, with small portions entering the forest at the flow margins, near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii County Civil Defense says there continues to be very little activity along the breakouts of the lava flow Tuesday and no advancement has been noted since the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)

    In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, active lava was covering existing flow around a ground crack system, with small portions entering the forest at the flow margins, near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii County Civil Defense says there continues to be very little activity along the breakouts of the lava flow Tuesday and no advancement has been noted since the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey, a Hawaii Volcano Observatory  geologist examines a ground crack into which lava was pouring near the flow margin, producing large amounts of steam near an abandoned geothermal well site, near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii County Civil Defense says there continues to be very little activity along the breakouts of the lava flow Tuesday and no advancement has been noted since the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, Volcano Helicopters)

    In this Nov. 20, 2014 photo from the U.S. Geological Survey, a Hawaii Volcano Observatory geologist examines a ground crack into which lava was pouring near the flow margin, producing large amounts of steam near an abandoned geothermal well site, near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii County Civil Defense says there continues to be very little activity along the breakouts of the lava flow Tuesday and no advancement has been noted since the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey, Volcano Helicopters)  (The Associated Press)

A lava flow is steaming through lush forests as it creeps across Hawaii's Big Island.

The U.S. Geological Survey has distributed a steady stream of images from the lava flow, including pictures of a breakout of lava near a ground crack system near an abandoned geothermal well site. The lava is burning thick vegetation in the area, and filling the air with smoke.

Kilauea volcano has been erupting continuously for more than 31 years, but a flow started down a flank toward the northeast in late June and is threatening the small town of Pahoa. Progress of the lava flow has come in fits and starts. So far, one home has been destroyed before the flow again stalled.

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials says no advancement has been noted since the weekend