Hell on Earth directly below Centralia, Pa (Continued) http://www.earthmagazine.org/earth/article/33d-7da-5-5
From 2003 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjtmaCI9_wM
12/27/2007 - Clean-up of a coal waste fire burning underground for more than 40 years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdv9hXYZQBs
7/26/2010 - Recently three such fires have been spotted out near Wyoming's Powder River Basin (Continued) http://www.merinews.com/article/3-underground-coal-fire-spotted-near-powder-river-basin/15827354.shtml
7/23/2010 - TIME: Deep Underground, Miles of Hidden Wildfires Rage http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2006195,00.html
(Excerpt) According to a review by the Department of Interior's Office of Surface Mining Enforcement and Reclamation, more than 100 fires are burning beneath nine states, most of them in Colorado, Kentucky, Pennsylvania (where 45 fire zones are known), Utah and West Virginia. But geologists say many fires go unreported, driving the actual number of them closer to 200 across 21 states.
USGS (2009): Emissions from Coal Fires and Their Impact on the Environment
http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2009/3084/ (Excerpt) In the United States, the combined cost of coal-fire remediation projects, completed, budgeted, or projected by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), exceeds $1 billion, with about 90% of that in two States—Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Office of Surface Mining Enforcement and Reclamation, 2008; fig. 2). Altogether, 15 States have combined cumulative OSM coal-fire project costs exceeding $1 million, with the greatest overall expense occurring in States where underground coal fires are predominant over surface fires, reflecting the greater cost of extinguishing underground fires.
This table by the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) of the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) reclamation accomplishments (1978-1996) states that 1,245 burning underground fires (in 10 states) and 1,314 burning surface firs (in 21 states had been eliminated. http://www.osmre.gov/Reports/AnnualReport/1996/1996_stat_table13_AMLCoalRecAccomplishments.pdf
Distribution and Characteristics of Outcrop Fires in Horizontal Strata in Eastern and Western Coal Providences
Bernard R. Maynard, U,S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
Proceedings of the 1990 Mining and Reclamation Conference in Morgantown, WV:
OSM Abandoned Mine Land Inventory System (AMLIS) is includes high priority problems, both those still in need of reclamation and the ones that have been reclaimed. http://www.osmre.gov/aml/amlis/amlis.shtm
In 1884, striking miners pushed burning coal cars into a mine owned by the New Straitsville Mining Company, setting the mine ablaze. The fire still burns underground to this day in Ohio. More: http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=521
NELSONVILLE, Ohio — A five-acre area of Wayne National Forest remained closed Monday because of an 20-foot underground coal fire. See video: http://www.onntv.com/live/content/onnnews/stories/2010/11/22/story-coal-fire-wayne-county.html?sid=102
(Excerpt) The class adds that any evidence that the fire actually endangered Centralia was "contrived," and that "no court has ever held a hearing to determine whether the fire is, or ever was, a threat," that "certainly it does not threaten Centralia now and is retreating at its worst."
(Excerpt) Right now, thousands of coal fires are burning out of control around the world. The fires are heaving untold amounts of mercury, the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants into the air.
(Excerpt) In fact, the coal on Mooney's land has burned at least three times in the last 100 years. It was the site of the Felix mine, started by the railroad in the late 1800s to supply trains with coal as they rumbled through Campbell County. The underground mine was abandoned in the late 1800s, but wasn't reclaimed.
1/31/08 - Video: http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/play/506262/coal_vein_fire
A strange site can be seen from the interstate just west of Mandan. Smoke is coming from the side of this hill. Jim Deutsch with the North Dakota Public Service Commission says the cause of the smoke is a coal vein fire just under the ground. Deutsch expects a large grass fire this past fall ignited the coal that has since continued to burn. He says a grass fire near Watford City in the late nineties sparked about thirty coal vein fires in the area.
World map of coal fires http://www.coalfire.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=13&Itemid=61