Hazelwood Power Corporation found guilty of putting workers and community at risk during 2014 mine fire
The operator of the Hazelwood Power Station has been found guilty of 10 of 12 charges of putting its workforce and nearby communities at risk in relation to the 2014 mine fire. The fire started on February 9 when two nearby bushfires spread into the open-cut coal mine and burnt for 45 days, blanketing the region in thick smoke and coal dust.A Supreme Court jury found the company did not adequately assess the risk of fire, did not have an adequate reticulated water system, failed to slash vegetation around the mine and did not take action early enough to wet down areas around the mine.
A fire trail is a rural road built specifically for the purpose of access for " fire management purposes" including building containment lines and backburning operations. The term is part of the vocabulary of Australian bushfire control and may also sometimes be known as a fireroad in US terminology.
Muir Woods is open every day of the year , including all holidays. You and your camera equipment must stay completely on the trail at all times. However, there are many fire roads in Mount Tamalpais State Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area to challenge your mountain biking
Midcoast Council Mayor David West says "fire trails must be maintained 365 days a year" as bushfires continue to ravage the nation.
According to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, a fire trail is way to manage, prevent, fight and contain bushfires.
There are roughly 75,000 kilometres of fire trails in in the state, the service says.
"Give the power to local government to investigate these fire trails," Mr West told Sky News hosts Alan Jones and Graham Richardson.
"Give them the funds to do it," he said.
"I want to help my community, and helping my community is by alarming people to make them stand up and say 'we want protection'".
Qld in grips of bushfire disaster and conditions to deteriorate in NSW .
With Queensland in the grips of the bushfire disaster, residents across New South Wales are being warned not to become complacent as fire conditions deteriorate this week. With Queensland in the grips of the bushfire disaster, residents across New South Wales are being warned not to become complacent as fire con The NSW Rural Fire Service warned temperatures could climb into the 40s – creating severe fire danger ratings for a second consecutive week.