Look & Learn – Hazelwood Mine Fires

A fire has been burning in the Hazelwood Open-Cut Mine for over two weeks. The fire started in the mine after a nearby bushfire spread to an old unused part of the open-cut. The fire has proved almost impossible to put out and has left Morwell and surrounding areas in a cloud of dangerous smoke.

Use the images and articles below to learn more about the topic and complete a look and learn task.

Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?

Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment.

How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel?

What do you think are the dangers of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire? Explain

Water has not put out the fire. How do you think the fire could get put out?

34 thoughts on “Look & Learn – Hazelwood Mine Fires

  1. Describe the problem the Latrobe Valley has.
    The fire from the open cut mine has reached the towns and is a hazardous smoke issue. It’s harming sensitive people over 3 people have been put in hospital because of the smoke. It damages their lungs and it is annoying because you just keep on coughing!

    Use the pictures to describe what morewell and surrounding areas look like.
    Very unhealthy, so much smoke and a lot of people are being evacuated because of that smoke, children adults and older people can’t live in all that smoke so they have to go, it’s really bad and all the smoke on the cars!

    How does the smoke coming from the open cut make you feel?
    Terrified! I know a lot of people that live in morewell and they could be harmed! It would be al because of the terrifying smoke.

    What do you think he dangers are of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire? Explain
    Carbon dioxide can kill people more than 5 people have died in America because of carbon dioxide and I don’t want anyone to be harmed.

    Water has not put the fire out. How do you think the fire could be put out?
    I think if you put dirt over the fire and then water it it might go out because of the dirt goes over the fire and it gets wet it goes moist and that could put it out.

    1. I think you did good on your descriptive pice of writting.

      I think you should try to read though it and see if anything is wrong like smoke it needs to be ash.

    2. You have describe the five questions in detail. You could use some more adjectives in and around your writing. You have got lots description.

    3. Fantastic Chelsea on your expanding but do not forget to Explain what it is but your work is Fantastic.

  2. The Latrobe Valley has a big problem because the smoke there is very dangerous for us to breathe in.
    The area there is smokey and it is also black.
    The smoke makes me feel scared because if I breathe in smoke it’s be for my body system and if I breathe in too much ash I could very sick and everybody can get sick.
    The danger of breathing the smoke in is the ash because if you breathe in way too much you can get sick and even die.
    I think to put the fire out you can flood the whole place.

  3. Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?- There has been a couple of fires that have been destroying our homes. There are fires spreading everywhere and killing nature. We have to breathe all this toxic carbon monoxide smoke. All this smoke is taking away our fresh air and our oxygen as well. It is burning all our underground killing all helpful insects or creatures that live there. All the smoke is killing animals. Also the smoke is a problem because it is making things run low. The fire is creating smoke and the fire is making us breathe in poisonous air. It is killing all of our farm animals. It is killing our food and what the homeless people live on. It is making people evacuate people the smoke is hurting us it is making us die. It is also not healthy at all. It is making people have to move far way people it is effecting other people and their family.

    Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment- It is looking all smoky and dangerous. It is looking like the war just began and 1000 bombs just went off and created this. It is looking all poisonous because the amount of smoke that has been going around. It is looking like the fire is going to spread all around the earth. It is looking very bad because all the fire burning everything’s. It looks like a whole pile of lava just came and decided to stay in the mime. It looks like a volcano just blew up and all of the lava just landed straight in the mime.

    1. Feed Back
      I think you should not be using “It” that much and explain what it is.
      I think your work is very awesome because it’s very descriptive and you have expanded your work as well as your thinking.
      Good work Alana.

    2. How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel. It makes me feel sick because all this strong unhealthy smoke is coming it to your lungs and making you feel yuck. It makes me feel really angry because all this smoke is stopping us from going out side. It’s making me feel like the fire is just right in front of me and all of this smoke is around me. I feel all dizy and hypnotise because it just all around us crowding. It’s making me feel really really yuck in my lungs because it’s just us breathing in it.

      What do you think the dangers are from breathing in the smoke. I think it is bad for the people who have asthma because it can effect them really easy. I think it is really dangerous because it can be really unhealthy for younger kids. It can make there lungs hurt and make them have a bad infection in there lungs. It can make them die because it is making it to smoky and taking away all of our Oxygen. It is the dangers because it can make people have a heart attack because they have no air because of all of the smoke.

      Water has not put out the fire what do you think would put out the fire. I think if they just keep on and keep on putting water in it and then flood it and no matter if it flood the whole of morsel they should still put it there. I think to stop all the smoke to stop effecting the people, they should put loads of dirt on it. The fire would still be going but the smoke will stop and it will help people breathe fresh air. I think they should fill it will water then put dirt on it then leave it for about 3 to 4 months and then Cheka if it is out.

  4. Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?
    :It has forced all of the smoke to go up in the sky which is making people cough . And can make people really sick. how because they can not put it out because it will make more smoke which the more smoke the more people how get sick.

    Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment.
    :they are looking really bad because if they put it out it will make more smoke and no one wants that because it can be really bad for the people how have bad breaving

  5. There is a brushfire in Hazelwood open cute mine spreading around Latrobe Valley.
    It looks really horrible because there is a lot of smock and the smock can harm you because the bad gass that’s called carbon monoxide witch is a posense gass. The smock is coming from the open cut mine. The smock is making me feel scared because it mite affect my health.

    The dangers of breathing in the smock is bad because of the bad gass called carbon monoxide. I think that the fire could stop by a flude so the water can make the fire stop so we can all go out side.

    1. I like the way you used some powerful words in front of your words.
      A hint is to check your writing before you post you writing.

  6. Look and Learn
    Fire = Smoke
    Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?

    The problem is with the Latrobe Valley is that since there are a lot of fires that would make smoke and its expanding more and more and getting to close to every town.
    Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment. Really bad with all of the smoke that there are fires around Morwell and more places and that the Cole mine is burning right now.
    How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel?
    The smoke coming from the fire makes me scared and It’s making me coughing a lot.
    What do you think are the dangers of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire? Explain
    I think the danger in breathing in the smoke is bad for the people who have asthma because they could have an asthma attack.
    Water has not put out the fire. How do you think the fire could get put out?
    If we put more water than we are it might do the job.

    1. I think you done a magnificent job with you punctuation. You put the letters in the right place and useful stops when you had to. But next time I think you can expand on it more and make it a bit descriptive. Also I think you should put emotive words in it. I think for next time you can improve on you emotive words . Also make it a bit more descriptive. Yeah I think you done a great job you just need to improve on some other stuff. 🙂

  7. Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?
    Latrobe Valley has smoke everywhere that is making poor air quality the makes people sick around the Morwell regain. Most people in Morwell have evacuated from the fires at Hazelwood mine factory and the open cut.

    Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment.
    In Morwell there is a tone of smoke during the day and at night you can see the fires burning trough the tough smoke sometimes the smoke is a different color in the fires. Everywhere there is a fire truck heading to the fire our putting out spot fires

    How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel?
    The smoke makes me feel scared because some embers create little spot fires that can turn into the fire at the open cut. The smoke is also so annoying because we can’t go outside to play or go to friends’ houses around town.

    What do you think are the dangers of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire? Explain
    The dangers are the air quality can have Carbon dioxide that makes people sick and may have to make them go to the hospital. Your lungs can also build up with smoke that is a breathing hazard.
    Water has not put out the fire.

    How do you think the fire could get put out?
    I think the only way to put out the fire is to flood the mine or let it burn itself out but that may take long time to happen.
    PLEASE FIRE GO AWAY FROM US!!

  8. In Latrobe Valley (especially Morwell) everyone has suffered breathing in the toxic ash, smoke and, at times, high levels of carbon monoxide.

    Q2: At the moment, Morwell and the Latrobe valley (especially Morwell) have had a lot of ash and smoke floating around which has caused a lot of things to be covered in ash as well as everyone not being able to see ten metres in front of them! For example, on the 9th, 10th and the 11th of February, I looked out of my window and I could barely see anything! So, it is very smoky and ashy.

    Q3:The toxic smoke has made me feel very tired and drowsy. I have also had a lot of headaches in the past.

    To Be Continued……………

    1. (Continued)

      Q4: Having to breathe in that smoke can be DEADLY because if we breathe in too much of that toxic stuff our lungs will fill up on smoke and our lungs will be very unhealthy. People with asthma are especially at risk because their lungs are a lot more sensitive and they can lose their breath a lot more easily than others. A good tip for residents that are suffering from smoke exposure is to wear a mask, get a wet towel and put it over your mouth or just stay indoors with all external doors/windows shut and all air conditioners off.

      Q5: I think a good way of putting the fire out is to flood the whole mine. I know that it could ruin the coal but that is the only way of putting the fire out and stopping the smoke bothering nearby residents.

  9. Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?
    The Hazelwood Open Cut Mine is on fire and smoke that contains ash and other chemicals are ending up in Morwell. People who have asthma are in danger and so are animals and lots of other people.

    Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment.
    Morwell it looks horrible burnt trees long grass getting on fire so that spreads the fire even more ash up in the air that courses people have a horrible time for to breathing especially animals that live in the bush in Morwell.

    How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel?
    I am feeling annoyed because lots of people are coughing and some people are throwing up because of the smoke. The fire is also affect me from playing outside and my brothers and sisters from playing as well and makes everyone from my school stop doing the run every morning.
    What do you think are the dangers of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire? Explain

    Water has not put out the fire. How do you think the fire could get put out?

    1. 1. What do you think are the dangers of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire? Explain The danger to breath in the smoke is that you can die if you have asthma and some of the new born kids can die as well and its also horrible because you have to stay inside and not to go in joy the fresh air that you used to do.
      Water has not put out the fire. How do you think the fire could get put out? You can put out the fire by putting a bunch of dirt to let the fire out because dirt cant burn so you can do it easily.

  10. Look and Learn

    Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?

    The problem that the Latrobe Valley has is actually breathing in the smoke from the brown coal (Carbon Monoxide) which is terrible especially for people who have Asthma because the smoke can give people very sore throats and Carbon Monoxide can affect people breathing. At the coal mine there are two fires burning at the plant. When the fire fighters try to put out the blaze with water it only makes the problem worse by creating more cloud and smoke. A few of the fire fighters have ended up in the hospital from breathing in too much Carbon Monoxide/smoke. The fire itself isn’t close to the road but some spot fires have jumped across the road and have burned signs, barriers and safety barriers.

    1. Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment.

      On the Princess Fwy when you’re driving it’s very hard to see who is in front and where they are. Anywhere you are in Morwell you will be surrounded by thick, black smoke. My dad he works at Gee Transport Services in Morwell and he came home saying that he had a very sore throat so his boss brought some masks for the people who work at his work.
      How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel?

      Well I’m not really talking about me here but I feel very sorry for those in Morwell who have to put up with the smoke every day. My cousin Madelyn she has to work right next to the Morwell open cut mine. Too much smoke makes me get a painful throat and the smoke also makes me feel sick.

      What do you think are the dangers of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire?

      The dangers of smoke can be deadly to people who have asthma. Smoke can be very deadly if they breathe it in and the smoke can also be very harmful to newborn babies because they are not use to smelling the smoke every day.
      Water has not put out the fire. How do you think the fire could get put out?

      Well using water can make the fire go because it will get rid of the flames but there will still be smoke well smoke can drift of in the strong winds that we can get in the oncoming storms. Well my back-up plan will be either to flood the whole mine or fill the mine back up with soil and dirt.

  11. Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has? That some schools didn’t go outside because it is to smoky and it can affect people with asthma and old people and the people that have asthma the can do all silly things and old people can die if they go outside in the smoke.
    Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment. Many people had have to move because of the smoke.2 weeks ago there was fire in Hazelwood cool mine is on fire and that it is very smoky and people still have to dig cool out and they might be thinking are they going to survive in the hot hot weather I think that it is very bad.
    How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel? It makes me feel very sad because all of this people how have died in this smoke and the fires at the power station.

  12. Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?
    A fire has been burning in the Hazelwood Open-Cut Mine. It is letting off lot of smoke and the smoke has carbon monoxide.

    How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel?
    It make me feel norrisd because carbon monoxide that might kill you and the smoke got in your body and got the blab veins ,make you sick.

    What do you think are the dangers of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire?
    There is carbon monoxide make you very sick.

    1. Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment.

      In Morwall there is cars with ahs on them. And the ear Qualtey is very poorly and the firer can saed the people how live in Morwall.

      Water has not put out the fire. How do you think the fire could get put out?

      I think that we should flad the firer because little water is not putting the firer out more water might put the firer out

  13. There is fire’s in Hazelwood mine which is casing smoke which might make people sick and cause health problems. It is also casing headaches.

    1. Hi Lusanda,
      I think that you could include your idea of how to put the fire out. But I do like how you described what the smoke has caused other people have felt, how you feel and what Latrobe Valley looks like. Well done!

  14. Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?
    The fires in Hazelwood are still burning in the ground. The Hazelwood fires have destroyed the lands where animals live. The smoke can be a big threat to people with asthma who are finding it hard to breath with big thick smoke.

    Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment.
    It is smokey in Morwell it is hard to breath though all the thick smoke. People are in danger because the fires move really fast and the fires are on the edge of Morwell.

    How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel?
    My opinion is that People could be disappointed that they have to leave their homes.

    What do you think are the dangers of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire? Explain
    Hard because you could get sick really baddy.
    Water has not put out the fire.

    How do you think the fire could get put out?
    I think you can put dirt all over the fires and flood the mines but its risky as the mines can affect the highway.

    To Mr Andrew,
    This is my update may you please erase my first post? From Hayley

  15. Describe the problem that the Latrobe valley has?
    The cole mine in Morwell is on fire but they don’t know how to put it out because it’s just keep bearing because the call is spending to other cole under the ground. Morwell the town is coved in smock what force the schools to get up and leave.
    Use the picture to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the time?
    The towns in Morwell and other towns near Morwell are really bad you can only see stuff problem ten feet away from you and if you’re in a place like the parking lot you will see ash everywhere on your car. If you open the car door heaps of ash would just fall down.
    How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire makes you feel?
    It makes me fell sick because I’m not use to this entire smock. It also makes me feel annoyed because you can’t really do anything when the smock is everywhere.
    The smock is bad to brief in because people are walking around and they say smocking isn’t good for you but people are basically smocking all day long. People say the smock is poison but people are still walking around. That leads to sickness and maybe death.
    I think they might have to flood it because they said they don’t know how to get it out so I think they should flood it. It also is getting weirs from the water and they said that it split into to fiers but what if it shoots up into the trees again.

    1. Good job Josh with your problem and your detail and strong words.
      Maybe next time you could expand on the word smock.

    2. Positive:
      Well done Josh, there is a fair bit of information. And you have put it into a decent amount of description.

      Constructive:
      Josh, just make sure when you type it up, when you say ‘stuff’ make sure you consider revising.

  16. Describe the problem that the Latrobe Valley has?
    The problem that Latrobe Valley has is all of the thick grey smoke that has flooded almost every town with toxic chemicals. It has affected some people because of them in-haling all the smoke, carbon monoxide and other dangerous chemicals. The smoke that has been released from the fires is making most asthmatic people really ill, or has given them an asthma attack which is horrible towards them, their parents and their friends. The monoxide that has been released from the fires has affected people by sending them to hospital because how bad it is, or it gets into your blood and destroys your whole life. All the fire fighters that are fighting the fires right now are being Latrobe Valleys’ heroes because, if they just left the fires there to burn, all of our homes, shops and other things would be sitting on our graves in ashes. They are so compassionate caring towards us people.
    Use the pictures to describe what Morwell and surrounding areas look like at the moment.
    The areas around Morwell look shocking! In the background of most pictures have the power station and it is surrounded by smoke and fires. Anything near Morwell or the open cut is in terrible danger because all the ashes, embers and the chemicals in the smoke will definitely harm you and I’m sure no one would want to be harmed.
    How does the smoke coming from the open cut fire make you feel?
    The smoke from the open cut makes me feel like I have got asthma. If I had asthma I would be so close to dyeing because my house is near all the smoke and it makes me feel terrible. My house is absolutely surrounded by smoke and I’m not surprised I haven’t got anything wrong with me.
    What do you think are the dangers of having to breathe in the smoke from the fire? Explain
    The dangers of breathing in the smoke from the fires are if it gets into your blood it could really hurt you or even affect your life. The smoke from the fires is really dangerous towards asthmatic people because it can cause them to stop breathing and we are sure that we don’t want people dying. It also affects the people who are elderly and have quit smoking. It is bad towards elderly because I have to admit, they don’t have the best lungs in the world. It is dangerous towards smokers that have quit because it makes them feel like they are smoking again and they could go back to smoking. And finally, it is dangerous to kids because it can really affect their lungs and that means they have a really bad lung capacity.
    Water has not put out the fire. How do you think the fire could get put out?
    If I had the chance to put out the fires I would get all the water from the Hazelwood pondage, through a tunnel that leads to the open cut, and I would flood all of the fires so it can put it out.
    Author: Tristan Platt

  17. To Hailey
    You could at least put some more descriptive words other then that you did extremely well. I really like your work because you put a lot of effort into your work and you have shown everything that is in the pitchers up the top.

    From Abby-lee

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