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Signs point visitors toward the parts of the mountain where the fire burns most strongly at Centralia.

  

Centralia is the site of a mine fire that's been burning since at at least the late 1960s. There are only a handful of residents left, and most of the houses have been torn down, leaving a street grid that's been taken over by a surprisingly lush grassland. If you've ever thought of going there to poke around, do it soon, because the fire has shifted since I was there last year, and it will soon become much more difficult to explore. It's now strongest directly underneath the only road left on which you can drive.

 

Shot with Kodak's Ektar 100, just after the storm clouds cleared.

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Uploaded on August 28, 2009