All we can do is watch…and learn.
We lit this fire in 1962…
a Year of the TIGER and Shiro’s birth btw-
and still,..the Town of CENTRALIA burns.
THE LEGEND OF CENTRALIA BURNS.
How we set this town on fire.
The LEGEND now an integral part of MANKIND’s History with FIRE.
A town–the whole town.
On fire…in ’62.
Still burning…in 2017…
MANKIND’s use of FIRE and it’s inherent ENERGY is obvious.
For Home and Industry.
Without it, things would be difficult and different indeed.
Not to mention darker…
ok i just did mention dat. Oh well…let FIRE light the ways…
THE FIERY ELEMENT…
SHIRO’s introduction to FIRE via the MARTIAL ART TRADITION came two ways and on two levels.
Mental & Physical.
Through the concept of ‘ elements ‘ within NINPO/BUDO Philosophy (click) & a ‘ training exercise ‘.
In a FIRE-Pit. In the backyard.
INNER AND OUTER FIRE…
FIRE..; with WATER, EARTH, AIR and VOID are…
both philosophical & practical ‘ elements ‘ of/in NATURE.
In bare and basic terms;
they can each represent a state of mind (in a fiery mood) or a state of being (on fire) =
the ELEMENT OF FIRE.
Just depends on the ‘ nature ‘ of the topic discussed… Philosophical or Practical.
Inner or outer…Fiery stuff indeed.
So too is it then practical,
to practice and train with the ELEMENTS...
in this case–
to move and jump with and thru FIRE in various ways.
FIRE’s ENERGY is learnt first-hand…and singe burns heal quick;
though head-hair takes a lil longer it seems.
CENTRALIA however, is now more than singed.
This FIRE we lit in ’62,…
has consumed much more than just the stuff of it’s DREAMS.
Burn-offs and back-burns, are a sometimes necessary approach to help lower the Summer Bush-Fire potential. When properly controlled and contained that is.
Situated in the US State of PENNSYLVANIA, Columbia County;
the township of Centralia began per se in 1854, a prime Coal Mining site.
A populace of some 2,ooo gradually called this place Home.
The Anthracite Coal extracted enabled this town to boom and blossom; for a while. (click)
THE LEGEND OF–:
HOW WE SET THIS TOWN ON FIRE.
In MAY of 1962; a routine burn-off set CENTRALIA alight.
A local sanitation crew were determined to get rid of the town’s potential threats. As the foliage in the selected area withered under their blaze and gaze…
their error of choice shone through too.
Beneath lay the entrance to a disused shaft.
Beneath lay Coal.
Mixing FLAME and COAL in such a way allowed the initial access to large/ample amounts of fresh air/Oxygen which then eventually produced combustion OF THE COAL…AND COAL SEAM and thus…
lit a FIRE under the very Foundations of the Town itself.
CENTRALIA was now atop a burning mountain sized lump of COAL,
atop and alight indeed…
a LEGEND OF FIRE appears…CENTRALIA burns.
The only safe and long-term option, when playing with fire…
is to move away.
Or put it out.
Burning wherever the Coal seam led and went, livelihood too, soon became problematical. No Canary in the Coal Mine could help now.
Smoke, pollution, sudden flare-ups, pit-hole formations and the propensity for houses to catch fire became the norm.
Several photos herein show the potential for danger and devastation.
Flooding the mine was not a possible option and the several FIRE-FIGHT attempts were simply overwhelmed by their task. As Time and FIRE raged on, the towns people eventually were put out, moved out and away.
The FIRE stayed. ON.
CENTRALIA,.. soon enough was left to BUrn itself out…one day…someday.
( A 2013 Census
raincheck indicates some 7 people…
still ‘ live ‘ ( +survive…thus far ) in the surrounds of this burning TOWN of FIRE.
It appears CENTRALIA’s supporters…are warm-hearted folk indeed…
though their ZIP CODE was unzipped by… hot-headed officialdom long ago it seems (click) ).
THE FIERY LEGEND OF CENTRALIA.
On top…a country town. A boom mining town.
Now deserted, forlorn and smoky.
now a COAL Mine Seam that burns bright…since 1962.
Welcome to CENTRALIA…+
how we set this town on fire.
The LEGEND OF CENTRALIA.
Tis sad tis true.
The LEGEND of CENTRALIA.
Long may it endure…long may we learn.
Just don’t stand too close…
For you too, may soon enough,
feel the CENTRALIA burn.
A LEGEND OF FIRE.
NJOY your FIRE Training. High ENERGY indeed.
NINPO IKKAN, NINPO LEGENDS…
NINPO IKKAN, NINJA & KUNOICHI.