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Crew Continues Two-Month-Long Battle Against Underground Blaze

A culm dump fires that was discovered in mid-December continues to burn in Fell Twp., Pa.
Image: Crew continues its effort to extinguish the underground culm dump fire in Lackawanna County, Pa.
The Pittston-based crew of Minichi Inc., which has been working on the Fell Twp., Pa., culm dump fire site since mid-January, continues its effort to extinguish the underground blaze in Lackawanna County, on March 26, 2014. The process includes mixing the burning culm with water and moving the saturated culm to a new location on the site. Jake D.Stevens / The Times-Tribune via AP

The Pittston-based crew of Minichi Inc., which has been working on the Fell Township, Pa., culm dump fire site since mid-January, continues its effort to extinguish the underground blaze in Lackawanna County, on March 26. The fire was discovered in mid-December but continues to burn. The process of putting out the fire includes mixing the burning culm with water and moving the saturated culm to a new location on the site.

Fredi Agreda, a hose man from Minichi Inc., works near clouds of smoke and steam at the culm dump fire site.Jake D.Stevens / The Times-Tribune via AP