Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ventura County HotSpot hits 812 Degrees

Fire experts and geologists are baffled by a geological anamoly located in Ventura County. The ground temperatures have soared to over 800 degrees and have caused a small brush fire.

The spot is located in a remote canyon a few miles north of Fillmore.
The anomaly was discovered after the land got so hot that it started a brush fire and burned three acres last month.

The area has recorded high temperatures at least five times since 1987, Allen King, a retired geologist with the U.S. Forest Service told the newspaper.

The hot spot is located in steep, rugged terrain a few miles north of the town of Fillmore on land owned by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and leased by Seneca Resources Corp.

Officials who are familiar with the patch of land, which is near the large Sespe Oil Field, have come up with a few theories as to why the ground soared to 812 degrees fahrenheit on August 1.

One theory is that natural hydrocarbons, such as oil or gas, are burning deep in the earth and seeping out through cracks in the area, causing the surface to rapidly heat and generate smoke.

Fire officials are taking no chances - they have cleared all brush in the area and cut fire lines surrounding the location.

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