How to Kill a Zombie Fire

Underground peat fires refuse to die, even when flooded with water. So scientists developed a new weapon to put them down for good.

Humanity’s got a full-tilt zombie outbreak on its hands. As the world warms and certain regions— particularly the Arctic—dry, so does the super fuel known as peat. It’s basically concentrated carbon from dead plants, and it burns not at all like your typical Californian or Australian wildfire. Instead of sending towering flames upward, a peat fire burns in the opposite direction, smoldering deep in the soil. Oftentimes, firefighters will soak the ground with water and declare victory, only for the soil to reignite a surface fire months

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