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Concern Over "Heat Sink" Near Fillmore
KVTA News ^ | 2008-07-30

Posted on 08/02/2008 10:30:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but Ventura County fire officials say it's actually a naturally occurring thermal anomaly known as a "heat sink." They are worried about the phenomenon which is located 3 miles north of Fillmore on federal land owned by the BLM.

Fire officials say the "heat sink" is very hot gases escaping from the ground, like hydrogen sulfide. They say the gas is so hot, it can ignite the brush around it, starting wildfires. In fact, the fire department has been up there several times during the past couple of decades dealing with wildfires that were started that way. So, firefighters are cutting a containment line around a two acre perimeter as a precaution should a wildfire start again at that site.

The county, state and federal officials are also involved in studying the potential health and environmental hazards from the heat sink, although they emphasize that right now there is no immediate threat.


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bushsfault; catastrophism; environment; warming; wildfires

1 posted on 08/02/2008 10:30:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

The ground temperature in that area has been measured to be as high as 812 degrees (F).


2 posted on 08/02/2008 10:36:56 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: BenLurkin

Bush’s fault.


3 posted on 08/02/2008 10:39:29 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s just the opposite of a heat sink; more of a furnace with a chimney.


4 posted on 08/02/2008 10:40:46 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurtureĀ™)
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To: BenLurkin

Could this be related to the recent earthquake in Chino Hills this week?


5 posted on 08/02/2008 10:42:48 PM PDT by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: BenLurkin

Budda on a crutch!!! Why the blazes aren’t they tapping this FREE energy source?!?!


6 posted on 08/02/2008 10:43:31 PM PDT by gost2
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To: hole_n_one; steve86

What I’m wondering is if it has anything to do with the recent earthquake about 50 miles south of there.


7 posted on 08/02/2008 10:46:01 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin
From this KCBS article............

Scientists took the 812-degree reading Friday, and guessed that a recent fire above ground ignited gas and crude oil beneath the earth's surface in the area, which is one of California's longest-producing oil fields.

8 posted on 08/02/2008 11:01:13 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: MrEdd

Fool! it’s closer to St, Andreas Fault, than to Crawford.../s>


9 posted on 08/02/2008 11:03:37 PM PDT by Issaquahking (Obama, the coming of the Antichrist.)
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To: BenLurkin

No possibility of exploiting it for geothermal power?


10 posted on 08/02/2008 11:14:37 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: steve86
My thoughts exactly—as a heat sink REMOVES heat from something else, such as a power transistor or tube.
11 posted on 08/02/2008 11:29:01 PM PDT by Rca2000 ( The things Obama says is making Jimmy Carter look like Geroge Washington today!.)
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To: steve86

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. If it was a heat sink, the area residents would need jackets.


12 posted on 08/02/2008 11:33:15 PM PDT by mbraynard (You are the Republican Party. See you at the precinct meeting.)
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To: coconutt2000
Fire officials say the "heat sink" is very hot gases escaping from the ground, like hydrogen sulfide.

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) very, very bad stuff. A second or two at high concentrations, your lungs are ruined, then you're dead. H2S is also very corrosive. Worked for an oilfield service outfit for 30 years, when crews would go out on a H2S well all sorts of precautions were taken.

13 posted on 08/02/2008 11:48:49 PM PDT by The Cajun (Mind numbed robot , ditto-head, Hannitized, Levinite)
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To: BenLurkin

Interesting article.

There was that earthquake in LA movie decades ago that linked heat sink to a huge earthquake.

Anyone no if there is any truth to that?

Or is it pure hollywood fiction.


14 posted on 08/03/2008 2:18:14 AM PDT by Global2010 (OKIE DOKIE)
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To: BenLurkin

Heat sink! This is an amazing anomaly, I’ve never read about them before. Sounds sort of like the Yellowstone caldera, in miniature, concentrated.

The sulfurous pools in Yellowstone are deadly, too...I walked around them in the park, years ago, and the stink was dreadful. I’m sure this is nowhere near Yellowstone, but volcanoes can arise just about anywhere....


15 posted on 08/03/2008 3:20:06 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: hole_n_one

Wonder how this is gonna effect Ahrnold’s carbon emission reduction plan for CA?


16 posted on 08/03/2008 4:30:09 AM PDT by Roccus (Someday it'll all make sense.....maybe.)
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To: BenLurkin
Must be a malfunction at the underground base there.


17 posted on 08/03/2008 4:33:35 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When He rolls up His sleeves, He ain't just puttin' on the Ritz)
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To: BenLurkin
How about this reference to natural nuclear reactors.
18 posted on 08/03/2008 6:01:23 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: 6SJ7; BenLurkin

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1121982/posts?page=22#22

Scientific maverick’s theory on Earth’s core up for a test
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19 posted on 08/04/2008 9:33:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: BenLurkin

Sounds pretty dangerous! Hoping it doesn’t hurt anyone.


20 posted on 08/04/2008 2:28:03 PM PDT by Chili Girl
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21 posted on 08/05/2008 8:58:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile hasn't been updated since Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

Watch Out! The same thing is going to happen at the site of the DNC. Stay AWAY!!!


22 posted on 08/05/2008 10:43:41 AM PDT by bigheadfred (Said the one-legged man)
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