Found while researching the next Dakota Frost trilogy…
This place in Uzbekistan is called by locals “The Door to Hell”. It is situated near the small town of Darvaz. The story of this place lasts already for 35 years. Once the geologists were drilling for gas. Then suddenly during the drilling they have found an underground cavern, it was so big that all the drilling site with all the equipment and camps got deep deep under the ground. None dared to go down there because the cavern was filled with gas. So they ignited it so that no poisonous gas could come out of the hole, and since then, it’s burning, already for 35 years without any pause. Nobody knows how many tons of excellent gas has been burned for all those years but it just seems to be infinite there.
See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derweze#The_.22Door_to_Hell.22. While I did find it researching Skindancer Books 4 through 6, this this specific site will probably not appear until somewhere around book 20 or 21. (Yes, I’m planning at least 21 books, though I have less on paper for things past Book 6 than Lucas had for Star Wars 9 (and yes, I know Lucas now denies there were plans for Star Wars 9, but what does he know, he also thinks Greedo shot first … or does he? 🙂 )).