10 places around the world that are still on fire

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Fire is usually created for a purpose and extinguished when that purpose is achieved. Some, however, like forest fires, are not necessarily caused by humans, but can also be extinguished by humans. The conclusion is that all fires eventually die out, whether they were created naturally or artificially. However, not all fires follow this same path.



With many fires on this list burning for hundreds or even thousands of years, no one knows when or if the flames will ever die down. Some of these gases have been left alight by the continuous supply of natural gas while others are mostly burning coal, but one thing is certain, these flames seem to be eternal.

ten Smoking Hills, Canada

Canada has a lot of unusual things, from weirdly long names to haunted destinations. The Smoking Hills, however, is perhaps one of the most terrifying. Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, these hills on the edge of the Arctic Ocean have been burning for centuries.

An explanation offered by the scientists reveals that the fire was caused by the spontaneous ignition of sulfur-rich lignite deposits.

These hills can be visited by boat, helicopter or plane and one must be careful while exploring the hellish place.

9 Baku Fire Temple, Azerbaijan

This religious temple in the capital of Azerbaijan was previously used as a Hindu place of worship. It was built over a natural gas vent and there were several holes where the gas emanated from and kept the fire going.

Although the gas may have been depleted during large-scale extraction in the 1960s, the flames are still fueled today by the city’s gas supply.


8 Burning Mountain, Australia

It’s hard to believe, but the fire burning at Mount Wingen in Australia is said to have been going on for at least 6,000 years. It is the oldest fire in the world.

Besides burning continuously for several millennia, this ancient flame located below the surface of the earth in New South Wales moves at a rate of one meter per year.

The fires are caused by the burning of coals underground that would have been ignited by lightning or bushfires around 6,000 years ago.

Since it is located below the surface, no one knows the size or color of the fire. Only smoke from the fire can be seen emanating from the mountain.


seven The Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan

Also known as Darvas Gas Crater, this spot in Turkmenistan has been on fire since the 1970s when it was first established.

It all started when scientists unknowingly discovered natural gas while drilling for oil.

In an attempt to prevent the gas from spreading through the air and causing environmental damage, it was set on fire to burn. More than 50 years later, this fire is still burning and shows no signs of extinction.

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6 Brennenderberg, Germany

Brennender Berg is the German translation for “burning mountain” and, as the name suggests, there is a mountain in Germany with fires that have been going on for over three centuries.

The fire is a coal seam fire and it was lit in 1668 but no one knows exactly what caused the ignition.

For many years since its ignition, the magnitude of the flame was high and explorers in the area could feel the heat on their feet and the smell of sulfur was strong.

The fire finally subsided at the end of the 18th century, but it is still alive today, and proof of this is the steam rising from the mountain after the rains.

5 Eternal Flame Falls, New York

Located in Chestnut Ridge Park, below a beautiful waterfall, is a natural gas leak that continuously fuels a flame.

Unlike the others on this list, Eternal Flames can be extinguished but are always quickly lit by the next visitor to the fall.

To keep it lit, visitors are advised to always come with a lighter so that they can always keep it lit. Even if it goes off occasionally, the chances of it not causing a fire are slim.

4 Centralia, Pennsylvania

Being a ghost town is weird enough, but being one with endless fire is what makes Centralia more interesting. Since 1962, a fire has been burning in a coal mine below the town.

On several occasions, state authorities fought the fire to put it out, but eventually gave up and the fire won the battle.

Today, the majority of residents who used to live in the town have fled as toxic smoke continues to rise from the ground following the fire.

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3 Vulcan Mine, Colorado

Coal is one of the main causes of continuous fires in the world. The Vulcan mine flame, one of the longest coal flames, has been burning for more than a century.

The fire that still burns in the mine today was caused by a large explosion that occurred in the mine in 1896 which resulted in the deaths of around 49 miners.

The mine also experienced two other explosions which resulted in the deaths of other workers.

Evidence of underground smoke can be seen by occasional steam and smoke rising from the ground as well as rapidly melting snow where the fires are most concentrated.


2 Baba Gurgur Eternal Fire, Iraq

Baba Gurgur is home to flames that have been burning for over 4,000 years.

It was these flames that even motivated a team to start looking for oil in the area in 1927, which eventually led to the discovery of an oil spill that eventually made the area one of the world’s largest fields. oil producers in the world.

1 Yantra, Turkey

Several small fires have been burning continuously in a part of Antalya province near the Olympic Valley for more than 2,500 years. These fires are fueled by methane that emanates from vents in the rocks.

The ruins of a temple dedicated to the blacksmith god Hephaestus have also been discovered at the site, which makes it even more interesting. It may have been one of the god’s blacksmith shops.

While most visitors to the area come to watch the endless flame, others have been known to use the fire to brew tea or roast something edible.

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