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The entrance to the Fire Caves on Bajor in 2375

The Fire Caves on Bajor were a prison created by the Prophets to contain the Pah-wraiths after they attempted to seize the Celestial Temple. Despite the name, there was never any actual fire in the Caves except when the Pah-wraiths were nearly released.

During the Occupation, the Cardassians found the Bajorans' fear of the Caves to be amusing, but they never explored them. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

Benjamin Sisko wanted to visit the Fire Caves in 2369, after attending the Gratitude Festival. (DS9: "The Nagus")

Keiko O'Brien visited the Caves during an expedition in 2373, and unwillingly became host to one of the Pah-wraiths until it could be forced out by her husband Miles. (DS9: "The Assignment")

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Sisko and Dukat fall into the Fire Caves

In late 2375, Kai Winn Adami and Dukat attempted to free the Pah-wraiths from the Caves, using the Book of the Kosst Amojan. Winn was initially concerned about releasing them, as Bajoran prophecy stated their release would mean the end of Bajor. (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil", "When It Rains...")

One of the wraiths did escape and joined with Dukat who then prepared to release the others, killing Winn in the process. In an act of bravery, Benjamin Sisko was able to throw himself, the book and Dukat in to the fire below, trapping Dukat with the Pah-wraiths forever. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

In "The Nagus", Sisko refers to the Caves as the "Fire Caverns."

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