Oo-v-oO wrote:Any thoughts on what will be done about the situation?
That has been burning for decades as you have probably found out. As mentioned above there may be a few holdouts but for the most part the town has been abandoned. It takes a tremendous amount of effort to put one of those fires out, hence the reson the government bought the houses out. I know they did make some efforts to put it pout when it first started but obviously not enough. I've never heard the story of it almost being out but it wouldn't suprise me.
BTW, it's my understanding the coal does not burn in these fires but the gases in the porous rock surrounding it does. Makes sense since the fire would need a tremendous amount of air to continue if it was the coal burning. I could be wrong but that is what I was told.
A few of these pop up now and then and they get right on it, usually in a stripping area. To stop them they remove the burning material and hose it down with water, they keep digging until they removed all the material. There was one just recently in Exeter, I think it took them months to get it out.
Currently there is one that is burning in Laurel Run a borough that suffered the same fate as Centralia, there is some information here: http://www.undergroundminers.com/laurelrun.html
If your familair with the "Giant's Despair" race that is where Laurel Run was located. To this day a particualr portion of the road and areas along this portion will remain snow free.....