Hillsboro – A fire that started burning in an underground mine near Hillsboro in March 2015 is still burning a year later.
Foresight Energy, which owns the Deer Run Mine, is asking the Mine Safety and Health Administration for permission to temporarily seal the mine in an effort to eliminate or reduce oxygen flow into the mine.
Foresight calls the fire a “combustion event.” The company has been using extinguishing agents and inert gases in an attempt to stop the smoldering fire.
The company says it is uncertain when the Deer Run Mine will resume production. The mine opened in 2011. It has been a major employer in the Hillsboro area.