Gladstone firefighter lends a hand at Hazelwood mine fire

THE Hazelwood coal mine fire may be a long way from Gladstone, but a number of the region's firies have made the journey to Victoria to assist in combating the blaze, which burned for almost 30 days.

The fire has forced the relocation of residents in nearby Morwell because of thick clouds of smoke that could be toxic.

Gladstone Fire and Rescue Urban Command Acting Inspector Craig Gregory said quite a few officers, including Gladstone area commander Wayne Larkin, had been briefed and sent down to assist crews in controlling the fire.

"He's (Larkin) down there as we speak in incident control," Acting Insp Gregory said.

He said Mr Larkin was on a seven-day deployment.

Mining Australia reported on its website last week that the fire had been controlled.

Victorian Fire Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley was expecting the fire to be completely extinguished by Saturday, if weather predictions were accurate.



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