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Hazelwood mine fire update - 19/03

Firefighters at the Hazelwood open cut mine are preparing to commence works on Thursday to extinguish a fire in the northern batters known as the ‘Old Faithful’.

 11.15 AM 19 March, 2014

Morwell Fire Brigade plays host

Morwell Fire Station has been hosting rotating crews from Fire and Rescue NSW and the Baulkham Hills pumper for weeks.

 3.00 PM 18 March, 2014

A $2m clean-up package for Morwell

The Victorian Coalition Government has announced a $2 million community assistance package to help Morwell residents begin their clean-up of ash left by the Hazelwood mine fire.

 12.29 PM 18 March, 2014

Hazelwood mine fire - update 17/3

Health: Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Rosemary Lester, today lifted the advice for temporary relocation of vulnerable groups in the southern parts of Morwell, saying they can now plan to return to their homes and workplaces.

 2.49 PM 17 March, 2014

Fireys flying visit to Morwell kids

Hundreds of primary school children from Morwell had the opportunity to meet the firefighters working at the Hazelwood open cut mine fire today.

 1.43 PM 13 March, 2014

Hazelwood mine fire update 12/03/14

The Hazelwood open cut mine fire remains controlled but there is still a lot of work to do before it can be declared safe and control handed back to the mine, Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said today.

 3.26 PM 12 March, 2014

Hazelwood mine fire update 11/3/14

LISTEN: Audio from the latest media conference on the current fire and health situation from the Hazelwood open cut mine fire.

 4.48 PM 11 March, 2014

Walking the talk on mine fires

By bus train or foot, Peter Bullen isn’t stopping at public transport to help to keep the community informed about the Hazelwood open cut mine fire.

 6.33 PM 10 March, 2014

Mine fire update - 10 March

Fire: The Hazelwood open cut mine fire is controlled after 29 days of extensive firefighting, Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said today.

 2.10 PM 10 March, 2014

Mine firefight still on track

CFA Deputy Chief Officer and Hazelwood mine Incident Controller John Haynes says things are still on track to have the fire controlled early next week - minimising the amount of smoke and ash impacting nearby communities.

 2.06 PM 8 March, 2014

Hazelwood mine fire update 7/3/14

FSC Review: Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley today announced a review of fire management plans for the Latrobe Valley brown coal mines.

 4.02 PM 7 March, 2014

Morwell media conference 7/3/14

Chief Health Officer Dr Rosemary Lester, EPA CEO John Merritt, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay and Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley spoke at a media conference in Morwell this morning (Fri) at 9.30am.

 12.18 PM 7 March, 2014

Hazelwood mine fire update 6/3/14

Incident Controller for the Hazelwood mine fire, John Haynes said while he is feeling confident the fire will soon be contained, there are some testing days ahead.

 3.47 PM 6 March, 2014

LISTEN: Mine fire community forum

Gold 1242 and TR FM broadcast an hour long community forum special including updates from CFA Gippsland Regional Director Mark Potter and other agency representatives.

 1.21 PM 6 March, 2014

Hazelwood open cut mine fire 5/3/14

Fire services have extra crews, trucks and firefighting aircraft in place for increased winds today that could see extra fire activity in the Hazelwood open cut mine fire.

 11.57 AM 5 March, 2014

Hazelwood mine fire update 3/3/14

Two 500mm diameter, 4.7 kilometre long pipes are currently being constructed inside the mine to assist with the removal of water. 

 3.47 PM 3 March, 2014

Mine fire update 3/3/14

Good weather overnight has allowed fire crews to make steady progress at Hazelwood, ahead of difficult conditions tomorrow.

 3.39 PM 3 March, 2014

Mine fire update - 2/3/14

Fire crews have made significant progress overnight on the Hazelwood open cut fire in the last 24 hours with infra-red line scans showing reduction in active fire in the batters.

 10.45 AM 3 March, 2014

Morwell media conference 02/03/14

Watch Craig Lapsley talk about the significant progress made overnight on the Hazelwood open cut fire with infra-red line scans showing reduction in active fire in the batters. This was due to favourable weather conditions and excellent work conducted by day and night crews over the past 24 hours.

 6.34 PM 2 March, 2014

Mine fire Q&As 28/2/14

Here are the latest answers to a lot of the questions & rumours that we've been hearing from the local community and on social media:

 6.50 PM 28 February, 2014