For weeks a fire has been burning under the lake bed. The lake is a seasonal one and is dry at this time of year so we aren’t talking about burning water here, but when the fire teams attended they were baffled to find that the edge of the lake bed was on fire.
They have tried flooding the area using water tankers, and digging up the hot ground, but the fire has managed to resist their efforts and continue burning. Their main concern is that the fire may spread to nearby vegetation and begin spreading above ground.
The fire service is not sure what is actually burning, and are assuming that there is some sort of organic material underground that is continuing to smoulder.*
I wonder what is really going on there? Is there coal under the lake that is fuelling the fire or is there something else going on? What do you think coud be under there?
Is there a volcano down there just waiting to let loose on some unsuspecting christmas campers?
Will there be an adventurous soul
drunken yobbo who ventures out on to the lake, cracking the surface and revealing a molten pit of doom?
Of course this redshirt will perish in the process, but every story needs the death of an unknown to get us going, doesn’t it?