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USMysterious underground fire has been burning near Yosemite for 5 years

03:05  11 september  2019
03:05  11 september  2019 Source:   sfgate.com

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A strange underground fire has been ablaze for 59 years in the Chongqing Municipality of China. ➡ Subscribe: http The fire began when an oil exploration team drilled a well for natural gas but left the site shortly after drilling. Even when water is poured on the flames, they reignite within three minutes.

The fire started 59 years ago from a natural gas well that an oil exploitation team drilled back in 1958. But the well was left unexplored because of scarce A dearth of gas has since been emitting all these years and hence the fire keeps burning . As the fire has not affected crops nearby , local authorities

Mysterious underground fire has been burning near Yosemite for 5 years
Mysterious underground fire has been burning near Yosemite for 5 years
Mysterious underground fire has been burning near Yosemite for 5 years

For at least five years, a fire has been burning underground in the Stanislaus Forest west of Yosemite, and foresters say they have no idea what started it or exactly how big it is.

The blaze is smoldering near Rosasco Meadow, roughly seven miles west of Yosemite National Park and 12 miles southwest of the town of Twain Harte. It lies under terrain scorched by the massive Rim Fire in 2013.

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It’s been burning for at least 300 years . 8. Fire Temple of Baku, Azerbaijan This has been ablaze for centuries, often mentioned in ancient texts. 11. Mount Wingen, Australia This continuously blazing underground coal field makes the landscape glow like a burning mountain. It may be the world’s

In the last two years , the state of California, where I live, has been ravaged by fires so unprecedented that a once rare term has now become routine: megafire. A megafire is a fire that consumes more than 100,000 acres.

Groveland District Ranger Jim Junette, who oversees the Stanislaus Forest's southern area, told the Modesto Bee last week that that rangers are baffled by fire, which has consumed tree roots in a circular area with a 400-foot diameter. Junette said they aren't sure how deep the fire goes or what is fueling it because it's too dangerous to get a close look.

In 2015, the Union Democrat reported that the "Rosasco Fire," described by the Forest Service as a "holdover heat signature from the Rim Fire," was burning over 3.4 acres. The article did not mention it being underground.

Junette said wildfires sometimes flare up after a year, but never this long. He ruled out lightning as a possible ignition cause after checking weather records.

An old logging railroad grade winds by to the east of Rosasco Meadow. Junette told the Bee that it's possible that the remains of creosote-treated ties could be a fuel source for the fire.

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The Centralia mine fire is a coal seam fire that has been burning underneath the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania, United States, since at least May 27, 1962.

Burning Mountain, the common name for Mount Wingen, is a hill near Wingen, New South Wales, Australia, approximately 224 km (139 mi) north of Sydney just off the New England Highway.

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Subterranean fires have been known to burn for decades, but most are in coal-mining areas. For example, the Centralia mine fire has been smoldering for more than 50 years under the now abandoned town of Centralia in Pennsylvania's anthracite region.

Since the Rosasco Meadow fire has flared up at least twice since 2014, igniting dead vegetation and tree falls, U.S. Forest Service crews are performing controlled burns in the area to reduce woody fuels and lessen the chance of an out-of-control fire. The burns are reportedly expected to continue through Thursday.

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Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate.

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