If lava hasn’t claimed their homes already, they are monitoring the unpredictable flows to see if it will.
Fortunately, there have been no reports of anyone trying this... yet.
Lava has never engulfed a geothermal plant anywhere in the world and the potential threat is untested.
Authorities say lava flows reaching the Pacific Ocean could produce noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam and tiny, glass-like particles.
At least one man sustained a "serious" injury when a "lava bomb" hit his leg, according to officials.
Scientists expect more summit explosions as residents grapple with fissures, devastating lava and earthquakes.
"Vog," a mix of ash and volcanic smog, rose to 12,000 feet and showered cars with gray dust.
Some 37 buildings have been destroyed and nearly 2,000 people ordered to evacuate in the past 10 days.
The lava continues to claim homes and structures on the Big Island as officials keep track of new fissures.
“I felt more connected to nature and the ocean than ever before.”