HONOLULU (KITV) - One of the biggest concerns on the Big Island are the toxic gases emitting from the vents.  Some of them releasing such high levels of sulfur dioxide, that the gas poses an immediate danger to anyone near by. 

This picture shows lava spattering from an area between fissures 16 & 20 at 8:20 a.m.

Hawaii County Civil Defense officials say exposure to the gas can cause choking and breathing problems, so the Honolulu Fire Department is stepping up to help fellow islanders.

HFD is sending over 50 full-face mask respirators and 500 filters to the Big Island.

The City and County of Honolulu is sending 11 incident management team members to help with emergency operations.