Dramatic footage has emerged showing an active lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii engulfing the forests of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in flames:

The above video edit is from a longer video shot late last week by photographer Kawika Singson. Singson hiked seven miles into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to get the video of the active lava flow, which is currently heading toward the ocean.

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The lava flow is poised to become the first since 2013 to hit the ocean in Hawaii. Photo: Courtesy of USGS

The lava flow, which began in May, is notable because (in the coming days or weeks) it could become the first Hawaiian lava flow to reach the ocean since August 2013, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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While officials say the lava, which is flowing southeast along the boundary of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, doesn’t pose any immediate threat to local communities, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is warning visitors to use caution when approaching the lava, and to refrain from roasting food (such as marshmallows) over it out of respect for Hawaiian culture.

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