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The Flame
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First seen
Last seen
Constructed by
Controlled by
4 of 6
Destroyed (Exploded)
Discovered by
Sayid (Day 79)

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The Flame was a DHARMA Initiative communications station. Its name and symbol were first seen depicted on the blast door map. According to the DHARMA cabling map, the Flame was northeast of the Barracks, and about a day and a half north from the Survivors camp. The station has been completely destroyed.

The Flame consisted of a large building with a roof-mounted satellite dish. The interior was divided up into a living / kitchen area, a storage facility and a separate computer room. A hidden trapdoor provided access to a basement storage facility. ("Enter 77")




DHARMA Initiative

The Flame was constructed by the DHARMA Initiative some time before 1973 (When Roger and Benjamin Linus arrived it was in use) and was used as a means of communicating with other stations on the Island as well as the outside world. The Flame is described as being "the hub" with cables leading from the Flame out to other DHARMA stations all over the Island. ("Enter 77") In 1977, Stuart Radzinsky appeared to be the sole operator of the station - working, in his spare time, on a model for the ongoing construction of the Swan. At Jin's request, he sent out an Island-wide broadcast to all DHARMA stations and facilities. Radzinsky, believing Sayid to be one of the Hostiles, imprisoned him briefly in the pantry area before transfering him to the Barracks. ("Namaste")

Extremely concerned about a potential incursion by the Hostiles, the DHARMA Initiative had wired C-4 charges throughout the lower level of the Flame. The makeshift nature of the work appeared to suggest the charges were added later and not included in the station's initial design. The station computer contained a special security code (77), which, when triggered by an operator, would trigger the C-4 on a short time-delay. ("Enter 77") It is not clear why DHARMA preferred the destruction of the station to seeing it fall into the hands of the Hostiles, but it appears the Purge took place too swiftly for the explosives to be triggered.

The Others

Mikhail monitoring in the Flame

Some time after the Purge, the Others installed Mikhail Bakunin at the station. Apparently his duties including monitoring, gathering intelligence and communicating with Others in the outside world. Mikhail also appeared to be somewhat tempermental and apparently prone to shooting individuals who approached the station unannounced. At Ben's request, Mikhail opened a live off-island video feed from Richard Alpert in Miami, showing Juliet that her sister Rachel and Rachel's baby were both alive and well. Mikhail also assembled detailed files on all of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815. ("One of Us")

The blast door map discovered at the Swan shows the Flame with a note that this was the station's alleged location on the Island. As Radzinsky presumably would have known where the Flame was located, likely this notation was added later by Kelvin Inman. The blast door map suggests the station is number four of six.

Recent Events

Season 3 (Days 72-91)

When Locke, Sayid, Desmond, Nikki and Paulo visited the Pearl station, Sayid was able to patch into a live video surveillance feed to the Flame. Mikhail, wearing a DHARMA Initiative jumpsuit and eyepatch appeared, looking directly into the camera for a few moments before turning it off. ("The Cost of Living") It is likely the activation of the camera at the Flame may have tipped off the Others to expect imminent visitors - hence the removal of the monitors and Mikhail's elaborate cover story.

The Flame lives up to its name. ("Enter 77")

As a result of the discharge at the end of Season 2, the Others temporarily lost communication across the Island. A short time later Bea Klugh was sent to the Flame to talk to Mikhail and determine what was happening. Shortly thereafter in searching for Jack, a group including Kate, Locke, Sayid and Danielle came across the Flame station. On approaching the station, Sayid was shot by Mikhail. Mikhail attempted to pass himself off as the last surviving member of the DHARMA Initiative, but was ultimately unsuccessful. Both Mikhail and Bea Klugh - who was found hiding in the basement of the Flame - were captured. In briefly breaking free, Mikhail shot Bea on her own orders and attempted to shoot himself, but he was overpowered by the castaways. Sayid located the DHARMA cabling map in searching the basement of the Flame which ultimately led them to the Barracks.

Meanwhile, Locke inadvertantly unlocked access to the video menus hidden behind the computer's chess game and entered the 7-7 Code. Minutes later, on departing the station, the Flame was destroyed. Mikhail's cat and at least one of the cows survived the destruction of the station. ("Enter 77")  ("Confirmed Dead")

The Station

Outside area

A close-up of the Flame's satellite dish ("Enter 77")
The outside of the Flame station ("Enter 77")

In 2004 when discovered by the survivors, the main building of the Flame resembled a large farm-house surrounded by a large cow paddock. On Sayid's approach, he observed a number of cattle, a horse, and Mikhail's cat. Atop the main building was a large weathered satellite dish used to communicate with the outside world. Nearby, in the yard were a group of loudspeakers with a light, although several wires running from them had been cut. The purpose of the loudspeakers is unknown. Mikhail also mentioned growing tea, suggesting there may be a garden area somewhere nearby. ("Enter 77")

In 1974, the area around the station was equipped with a number of motion sensors. It is unknown if these sensors were still operational in 2004. ("Namaste")

Living space

The living space ("Enter 77")

The central living area had several comfortable couches, chairs, a coffee table and rug surrounded by several other pieces of furniture. Adjoining doors led to a well-stocked kitchen with a working freezer and a large bedroom. On a table in the bedroom was a Cyrillic-keyed typewriter on the table containing a document presumably written by Mikhail. ("Enter 77") There is also a separate pantry or storage room. ("Namaste")

On the wall of the living room area was a poster of Romanian Olympic gold medalist gymnast Nadia Comaneci, and Mikhail claimed to have named his cat after her. ("Enter 77")

The rug in the living room concealed the entrance to a trapdoor providing access to the Flame's basement area underground.

Computer room

The computer room ("Enter 77")

When discovered by the Sayid, Locke and Kate in 2004, the computer room containing a good deal of electronic equipment, including a computer and several other mainframes similar to those housed in the geodome at the Swan. A small ceiling camera was also in the room, directed at the operator's seat for the Flame computer. ("Enter 77") The survivors were able to tap into this video feed previously at The Pearl -- seeing Mikhail for the first time at this location. ("The Cost of Living")

The Flame Computer

In 2004, the Flame computer was running a chess game designed to allow the station's operator to play against a computer opponent. A victory in the game, however, allowed the user access to additional hidden station functions accessed through a video menu system. The videos featured Dr. Pierre Chang of the DHARMA Initiative. Options included ordering a supply drop, communicating with the outside world (non-functional), accessing a sonar buoy system intended for offshore submarines (non-functional) and reporting that an incursion of the Hostiles had occcured. Mikhail claimed that he had never been able to defeat the chess game and that the computer "cheated" - likely an attempt to discourage Locke from discovering these hidden features. ("Enter 77") As the computer controlled a number of common functions such as mainland communications, it seems highly likely that there must have been another means to access this hidden functionality outside of the chess game.

The computer system in manual mode featured a series of numeric menu codes:

  • 24 - Pallet Drop
  • 32 - Activate the Station Uplink
  • 38 - Access Mainland Communications
  • 56 - Access the Sonar System

If the user failed to access mainland communications followed by a failure to access the sonar system, a new menu option was offered:

In 1977, Radzinsky was observed using the computer to read reports coming in from other stations including The Looking Glass. ("Namaste")

TV monitors show video feeds from off the Island.

Monitor bank

Previous to the survivors' arrival, the computer room also housed a large bank of television monitors capable of receiving video feeds from the outside world. After the crash, Mikhail was able to to access news stations reporting live on the disappearance of Oceanic Flight 815. The console was also capable of receiving and sending transmissions from the outside world. At Ben's request, Mikhail was able to contact Richard in Acadia Park in Miami -- who was able to broadcast a live video feed of Rachel. ("One of Us") This same control panel was used by Stuart Radzinsky to broadcast an Island-wide message at Jin's request in 1977. ("Namaste")

As the monitors were not present when Sayid, Locke and Kate arrived at the station in 2004, it seems likely the Others had some means to conceal or had previously removed them. Per Mikhail's elaborate cover story claiming to be the last surviving member of the DHARMA Initiative, it seems likely that the Others were aware that they were about to have company at the Flame. ("Enter 77")

The monitors bear a resemblance to similar banks of monitors seen elsewhere on the Island at the Pearl, the Hydra and the Barracks security room. It is unknown if one could use the monitors bank to tap into video feeds from other parts of the Island.

Underground storage area

C-4 explosives in the basement
The Operations Manual.

Accessed via a hidden trapdoor from the main building, a ladder descended into a basement facility that appeared to have several adjoining rooms. One room contained numerous boxes and bookshelves full of DHARMA manuals. Two manuals that Sayid looked were three-ring binders with titles of "Food Drop Protocol" and "Operations Manual". The latter contained a communications cabling map showing the Flame's location relative to the Barracks. Other rooms appeared to contain numerous boxes and a rack of DHARMA jumpsuits. Given the amount of material stored down here and that taking everything up and down a ladder would rapidly become tedious, it seems highly likely there was another exit not shown.

The entire basement was also rigged with numerous C-4 charges mounted along the ceiling at strategic intervals. Given the makeshift nature of the rigging, it seems likely these charges were added at some point after the station's construction. ("Enter 77")

It is highly likely that the "Food Drop Protocol" is a reference to the DHARMA resupply drops on the Island.

Hidden entrance

The underground basement is explored in further detail. ("Whatever It Takes")
Hidden entrance to the Flame ("Whatever It Takes")

In the video game Lost: Via Domus, the Flame possesses a hidden entrance inside the perimeter of the sonar fence near the Barracks. The entrance leads into a corridor which goes to the underground area of the Flame Station -- although oddly the door has the Swan logo on it. The inner depths of the underground area of the Flame are seen in greater detail. The basement is comprised of numerous storage rooms, a bank of television monitors, and a small equipment hangar. There is a ladder that leads up into a small storage room that is next to Mikhail's bedroom. It's worth noting that this section is not the same basement area seen in Enter 77. That basement area is located under the kitchen, the living room, and the computer room. However, the basement in Via Domus is located under the bedroom, and somewhat outside. Although the storyline of Lost: Via Domus is non-canon, the locations are considered canon.

The Flame on the blast door map

The Flame appears on the left side of blast door map near an area close to a dividing river. The actual text from the map is: "ALLEGED LOCATION OF #4 THE FLAME" next to a hand-drawn logo of the station. The map suggests that the Flame is relatively close to the survivor's beach camp, although the party that found the flame hiked for two days before reaching it. Given the Staff is much closer, it appears the map is incorrect. Several notes were listed in proximity to the Flame:

  • "Alleged location of #4 The Flame"
    • Beneath is listed: "But unlikely due to Cerberus activity".
  • Further down the map, directly to the left of the station is: "Activity unsuitable for D.I.H.G" (Dharma Initiative Hanso Group).
  • Below the station, the square roots of 16, 64 and 225 were listed. The square roots are 4, 8 and 15 respectively.

Notable visitors

Picture Name First visit Last visit Reason for Visit
Stuart Radzinsky "Namaste" "Namaste" Worked at the Flame, seemingly alone, in 1977 prior to the construction of the Swan.
Jin "Namaste" "Namaste" Came to the Flame in 1977 to see if a plane had crashed on the Island.
Sawyer "Namaste" "Namaste" Came to see Sayid in 1977 when Jin called him on the radio.
Mikhail "Enter 77" "One of Us" Was stationed here by the Others to look after the communications systems with the outside world. Mikhail liked living on his own like a lighthouse keeper.
Ben "One of Us" "One of Us" Was seen viewing news reports of Oceanic Flight 815's disappearance and videos of Juliet's sister, Rachel.
Juliet "One of Us" "One of Us" Was seen viewing news reports of Oceanic Flight 815's disappearance and videos of her sister, Rachel.
Bea "Enter 77" "Enter 77" Was sent here by the Others to check on the communication systems after the Discharge. Bea was killed outside the Flame.
Sayid "Enter 77" "Namaste" Was the first survivor to discover this station whilst picking fruit. Sayid, with the help of Kate and Locke, managed to overpower the inhabitants of the Flame however it detonated before he could examine it closely. In 1977, he was found by Radzinsky and Jin after returning to the island. Radzinsky believed him to be a Hostile, and Jin played along.
Kate "Enter 77" "Enter 77" Was one of the first survivors to discover the station and encounter Mikhail and Bea.
Locke "Enter 77" "Enter 77" Was one of the first survivors to discover the station and encounter Mikhail and Bea. He also was the one who destroyed it.
Elliott "Whatever It Takes" "Whatever It Takes" (Non-canon) - Sneaked from underground into the Flame to get past the sonic fence.
Beady Eyes "Whatever It Takes" "Whatever It Takes" (Non-canon) - Held Mikhail prisoner whilst waiting for Elliott.


  • The stations name seems to be a reference to it being a light in the darkness, since it is a station that makes contact with the outside world.
  • Coincidentally, in 1967 the Olympic medalist Nadia Comaneci joined a newly formed gym club called "The Flame".
  • In the episode Namaste, The Flame is confirmed to be station 4 due to the number 4 being seen on the water tank as Jin runs out of the station in 1977.

Unanswered questions

Unanswered questions
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More details...
For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: The Flame/Theories
  • When was the Flame constructed?
  • Why did DHARMA prefer to destroy the station than see it fall into enemy hands?
  • Why was such a vital station built above ground?
  • Why did the hub for all DHARMA telecommunications double as a barn?
  • Why didn't the Others disarm the C-4 wired throughout the station?
  • What happened to the missing bank of monitors?

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