Coal mine fire in Australia being fought with helicopters

Coal mine fire, Morwell, Victoria. CFA photo by Keith Pakenham.
Coal mine fire, Morwell, Victoria. CFA photo by Keith Pakenham.

A massive fire at a coal mine at Morwell, Victoria in Australia is being fought with massive quantities of water and helicopters that are normally used for fighting bushfires. The fire, which has burning for three weeks, was most likely the result of a bushfire started by an arsonist. The town of Morwell, 150 km east of Melbourne, has been inundated with smoke and officials think it could take months to put out the fire.

Water pumped onto coal mine fire
Massive amounts of water are being pumped onto the fire at the coal mine. CFA photo by Keith Pakenham.
Helicopter fights coal mine fire
Helicopter fights coal mine fire. CFA photo by Keith Pakenham.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

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2 thoughts on “Coal mine fire in Australia being fought with helicopters”

  1. Wow, the fellow in the interview did a good job, pretty sharp guy.

    I do not envy the folks that have to deal with that fire. Coal fires are in a class by themselves. My cousin told me once of a large hill that blew up because of a coal fire. The cat skinners were taking the top of the hill off to expose the coal while high pressure water was injected into the hill. The top blew off and killed some folks. He said to never get a job fighting coal fires.

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