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More than a month after smoke was spotted wafting from the earth near Fillmore, the ground continues to burn and scientists continue to investigate the blaze's cause.
"It's certainly not going away," said Ron Oatman, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman. "Some days are worse than others."
Though the currently held belief is that oil or some other hydrocarbon deep in the earth is burning, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey visited the site recently to do further tests.
When they stuck a probe 18 inches into the soil, thermometers showed a temperature of 940 degrees, compared to an earlier reading of 812 degrees. Oatman said the results of the recent tests are not yet finished