Hello, one and all, and welcome to John's mine fire! Fire!! FIRE!!!! (Um, heh-heh. Sorry about that.) page. This page will give you all kinds of info, images, and links to and about mine fire! Fire!! FIRE!!!!(Um, sorry about that.)'s everywhere. -Enjoy.
So what _is_ a "mine fire?" Basically, a mine fire is where something (usually coal) has caught fire underground, and is steadily burning away. -But wouldn't it go out? -Doesn't it need air? you might ask. Very little air is needed from something to smolder, and anthracite (hard (Heh-heh.) coal), for instance--doesn't need _any_. :O So a mine fire can steadily burn away--sometimes for CENTURIES. :O
Mine fire fact: Around 1772, a fire burned for more than a year atop what now is Mt. Washington.
Image credited to Aaron Steckelberg--site: http://www.penweb.org/issues/mining/tribrev/swfires.html
Now here's a collector's item.
So where are these fires? Check out Fires.
Note: This page is probably going to be under "perpetual construction"--so don't be surprised at frequent additions/changes. :O :)
Here are some links about Centralia and other mine fires.
Here she is, folks--the "granddaddy of all mine fires," Centralia.
Centralia got a new sign.
Other fires in Pennsylvania.
The fire in Pennsylvania that I can't find.
The "2007 Whirlwind Mine Fire Tour." :) :) -Dudes and dudettes, this is probably one of the coolest mine fire links ever.
A mine fire is Alaska??!! Check out Healy.
ANOTHER mine fire in Alaska??!!
-And here are some better pics of the second mine fire! Fire!! FIRE!!!! (Um. -Sorry about that. :) ) in Alaska.
(Enough already, John) Healy goes "digital."
A mine fire in Colorado."