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Still Waters

How long can fires burn?

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It was declared a "public nuisance" but after burning for almost seven months the compost fire in Beenham, Berkshire, has finally been extinguished.

So, just how long can fires burn?

The blaze at the abandoned Good2Grow recycling centre started on 30 November last year and was put out on 21 June.

But that is no match for the world record for the longest-burning fire which is believed to have started around 5,000 years ago at a coal seam beneath Mount Wingen in New South Wales, Australia, and is still smouldering.


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Winter Summer

A coal seam in Centralia, PA caught fire in 1962. It continues to burn today.

Still no match for Mount Wingen.

You'd think there's got to be a limit to the available fuel, huh.



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