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PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:15 pm 
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Underground fire reported near Palo Alto

POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN & HERALD
December 30, 2008

Crews have begun exploratory drilling just outside Palo Alto in East Norwegian Township following reports of an underground mine fire burning since June. Office of Surface Mining officials said they only learned of the fire on Dec. 8 and said it appears coal refuse underground has been ignited. The drilling is expected to take 10 days, at which time OSM officials will begin working on a plan to put out the fire. On Tuesday afternoon, smoke rose from the ground in a wooded area about 200 yards east of the Palo Alto/East Norwegian Township border.

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Mine Fire Burning near Pottsville

Dec 30, 2008
By Bob Reynolds
WNEP-TV

The ground is on fire in one community in Schuylkill County.

Smoke coming out of a drilling operation near Pottsville. Federal officials said it's from an underground mine fire which could be thousands of degrees hot. The drilling will tell federal experts how deep and widespread the fire is.

From the surface smoke can be seen in a wide area.

"The intent would be to protect the homes the best we could which would involve, like I said, either cutting it off and keeping it in this area or extinguishing the fire," explained John Mack of the Office of Surface Mining, who added it's a good thing it was discovered. "Absolutely. These things have a tendency to go on forward."

The fire is hidden in a wooded area. Officials said it's burning toward homes. People in the area said they didn't know the mine fire was in their neighborhood.

"It's a little bit scary. We put a lot of money into our house, although is may not look like it, and we didn't know it until this point and I don't know if insurance companies cover something like this," said Jessica Kennedy.

"It doesn't concern me a whole lot. I trust it will be taken care of and if not, as long as they give us ample warning to get out of here," said Vince Kennedy.

As the fire burns and crews work to contain it, some said they will be keeping a close watch.

"Well they've been trying to contain the Centralia mine fire for how many years? And they haven't done that so I don't know what to think. I know we are foster parents and this is all we have, is our house," said Lee Dalton.

It's unclear why people were not informed about the burning pile. Federal, state and local officials have known for weeks.

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Underground fire burns in Palo Alto

BY BEN WOLFGANG
POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN & HERALD
December 31, 2008

PALO ALTO — In a town already plagued by mining woes, a far more dangerous problem has emerged — an underground coal mine fire, burning since June, just across the borough’s boundary with East Norwegian Township.

“I’ve heard about Centralia. That’s the first thing I think of,â€

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‘No relation to Centralia’

BY BEN WOLFGANG
POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN & HERALD
January 1, 2009

PALO ALTO — An underground coal refuse fire just outside Palo Alto is not a danger to anyone in the area and should be put out or otherwise contained within a few weeks, a borough property owner said Wednesday.

“There is absolutely no relation to Centralia here. The layout is nothing like that,â€

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 Post subject: Underground fire cause for worry?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:12 am 
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Underground fire cause for worry?

BY BEN WOLFGANG
POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN & HERALD
January 4, 2009

Two recent underground fires near coal veins — one extinguished, the other still burning — have sparked concern among experts and those living nearby.

“The government downplays it,â€

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Palo Alto officials express relief about containment of mine fire

BY DAMIAN GESSEL
POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN & HERALD
January 13, 2009

PALO ALTO — The borough council on Monday expressed relief that a nearby mine fire is essentially contained.

Council Vice President Gerald Richter Jr. said state officials have deemed the fire — burning on the boundary where Palo Alto meets East Norweigian Township — in no danger of spreading.

“For the record, this is not another Centralia — not even close,â€

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 Post subject: Officials: Palo Alto blaze controlled below ground
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Officials: Palo Alto blaze controlled below ground

BY BEN WOLFGANG
POTTSVILLE REPUBLICAN & HERALD
January 23, 2009

PALO ALTO — Smoke may still be rising, but officials believe an underground coal refuse fire is under control.

“The fire itself isn’t moving anywhere,â€

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State has plan to fight coal fire underneath Palo Alto

BY BEN WOLFGANG
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February 18, 2009

A smoldering underground coal refuse fire in East Norwegian Township will be isolated within a month, according to state Office of Surface Mining officials.

“We have designed a project and shipped it out to Pittsburgh. Right now, it’s primarily an excavation job,â€

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