Do you Know? The World's Oldest Fire has been burning for 6,000 Years in AustraliaThe Australia’s Burning Mountain is also known as the name of Mount Wingen. The word Wingere means “fire” in the Wanaruah language. It is the longest continuous fire for the last 5,500 years with no signs of stopping anytime soon, which makes it the oldest continuously burning fire on the planet.
The mountain was originally discovered in 1828 by Australian farmhand, named as Smart who believed the mountain to be an active volcano. He saw some smoke which was coming from Mount Win-gen, he claimed that the area was an active volcano.
Later on that extensive speculations, discussions and observations were followed with the eminent geologist. The area was visited over the next 70 years by the explorer and notable pioneers. Up until the 1960s the vent area was used to extract water and gasses for the yield of a liquid that was considered to be of medicinal usage. At that time in that location would have been a solid array of pipes and ducts arranged over the outlets.
Contemporary researchers believe that it was lighted by a lightning strike or brush fire about 5,500 years ago. Over the years of researching the phenomena, scientists have discovered that Underground coal fires are quite common throughout the world, often in coal mines. Because of it the surface of the mountain is a shoe-melting 350 degrees Fahrenheit (which was formally practiced by aboriginal Australians to prepared food and make tools). The fire moves along the coal seam at a rate of about one meter per year and has shifted south about 150m. Coal seams can be ignited by lightning or wildfires and the SEAM can continue to burn indefinitely, even after the surface fire has been extinguished. The fires are extremely difficult to extinguish and often are the source of new bush fires.
That’s why they believe that Mount Wingen fire is caused by a slow burning coal seam located 90 feet beneath the mountain’s surface.