National guard troops are on their way to Hawaii's Big Island, as a river of molten lava continues to creep towards a main road.
The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slithering toward the village of Pahoa for weeks.
The lava threatens to destroy homes and cut off a road and a highway through Pahoa, but officials have not offered any predictions on when exactly it could bisect the town of about 800 residents.
Residents of about 50 properties have been asked to be ready to leave, and many have been slowly emptying their homes of furniture and treasured possessions.
They have expressed concern about potential looters targetting evacuated homes, and a contingent of 83 National Guard troops is expected to arrive there later today.
Hawaii County Civil Defense says the locals troops will be working to take care of family and friends.