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Environment
Underground fire on Torres Martinez Reservation


A fire is burning underground at a dump on the Torres Martinez Cahuilla Reservation in California.

The dump has been closed by a federal judge for violating federal environmental guidelines. The fire, however, still poses a threat to an estimated 7,000 people who live within a mile of the site.

The fire has been burning since last month. If it is not controlled, crews say it could burn for 10 years.

Get the Story:
East Valley firefighters battle underground fire (KESQ 9/14)

Relevant Links:
Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians - http://www.torresmartinez.org

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