Back to 1980: Centralia

This month marks a dark anniversary in Columbia County. For 50 years a mine fire has been burning under the community that used to be Centralia.

Its population is all but gone, just a few folks remain.

In 1980, federal regulators declared a state of emergency in Centralia which was the beginning of the exodus.

Newswatch 16’s Dan Gallagher has the story from the video vault.