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Mine fire update 26/2/14

Yesterday’s hot, windy weather conditions created further challenges for firefighters at the Hazelwood open cut mine when an ember from the fire ignited a grassfire between the mine and the power station.

 12.40 PM 26 February, 2014

Hazelwood mine fires - update 25/2

Gippsland rail commuters leaving their families at home were kept updated with the latest fire developments as they headed for the city today. 

 3.30 PM 25 February, 2014

Mine fire FAQ - 24/2

Here are the latest frequently asked fire questions and their answers.

 5.13 PM 24 February, 2014

Hazelwood mine fires - update 24/2

Fire progress: Fire activity at the Hazelwood open cut mine fire has more than halved compared to 11 February, Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley said today.

 2.08 PM 24 February, 2014

Hazelwood mine fires - update 23/2

Foam: Two compressed air foam units from ACT Fire & Rescue have arrived to join the Tasmanian Fire Service unit in battling the Hazelwood open cut mine fire.

 3.43 PM 23 February, 2014

Hazelwood mine fires 22/2/14

Foam: A two-day trial of the use of compressed air foam in the mine has been completed by the Tasmanian Fire Service with good results.

 3.54 PM 22 February, 2014

Mine fires update 20/2/14

Rain on Wednesday and early this morning has made conditions difficult but fire crews have made significant progress at the Hazelwood Mine.

 1.53 PM 20 February, 2014

Trapped in roof for four days

Emergency services were called to rescue a woman trapped in the roof of her house at Station Rd, in the Geelong suburb of Marshall, at about 10:40am today (Thu).

 12.01 PM 20 February, 2014

Mine update from GDF Suez

The bushfire that started west of Morwell and spread into the Morwell mine on the afternoon of Sunday 9 February continues to burn, producing significant smoke and ash that is impacting on surrounding communities.

 8.32 AM 20 February, 2014

Mine fires FAQs 20/2/14

Here's the latest information on the Latrobe Valley mine fires which may help answer any questions you have about the fire or associated health impacts.

 7.56 AM 20 February, 2014

Respite Centre open in Moe

A community respite centre is now open in Moe for Latrobe Valley residents to seek temporary respite from the smoky conditions caused by the Morwell open-cut fire.

 6.58 AM 20 February, 2014

Brown coal ash and your health

The Department of Health has developed an information document in response to community questions and concerns about ash fall out from smoke from the current brown coal fires in the Latrobe Valley, south east of Melbourne.

 6.35 PM 19 February, 2014

Mine fires media conference audio

The Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley, Victoria's Chief Health Officer Dr Rosemary Lester and the CEO of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) John Merritt held a media conference in Morwell today.

 5.55 PM 19 February, 2014

Mines fires newsletter 18/2/14

Fire agencies and mine personnel are working around the clock on fire suppression activities at both mines.

 5.41 PM 18 February, 2014

Builder rescue

Crews from Dandenong and Noble Park brigades assisted Ambulance Victoria paramedics in retrieving an injured builder from the first floor of a building site.

 4.01 PM 18 February, 2014

Mine fires FAQs 18/2/14

The following Frequently Asked Questions will help answer community queries about the Hazelwood mine fire.

 3.07 PM 18 February, 2014

Mine fires update - 18/2/14

Hazelwood mine fire: Emergency services and supporting agencies will update the community on the current Latrobe Valley mine fires situation at a community meeting being held in Morwell at 6.00pm today.

 1.13 PM 18 February, 2014

Mine fires meeting 18/2/14

The second community meeting for the Latrobe Valley open cut mine fires will be held tonight, Tuesday 18 February from 6.00pm at Kernot Hall, corner Princes Drive and Monash Way, Morwell.

 10.36 AM 18 February, 2014

Mine fires update - 17/2/14

Hazelwood mine fire: Deputy Regional Controller Andrew Zammit said firefighters have regained some lost ground at the Hazelwood open cut coal mine after winds fanned the blaze and increased fire activity on Saturday night.

 3.35 PM 17 February, 2014

Hazelwood open cut mine fire

This page was regularly updated during the response phase of the Hazelwood mine fire. For relief and recovery information see

 6.57 PM 15 February, 2014