Peat fire burning underground in Victoria poses hidden health threat | ABC News


Residents of Sarsfield in eastern Victoria, are concerned about the ongoing threat of carbon monoxide poisoning from an underground peat fire that has been burning in a paddock for almost a month.

The 20-hectare fire, burning in decaying organic matter underground, has been emitting potentially dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide (CO), sulphur and nitrogen.

Specialist firefighters and a large fire retardant pumper from the Tasmanian Fire Service have been brought in to try to get a hold of the Sarsfield fire before the next spike in warm weather.

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