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A gripping and immediateaccount of one of the worst disasters in Australian history.

Early in the afternoon of February 9, 2014, during the worst drought and heatwave south-eastern Australia had experienced in over a century, two separate bushfires raged towards the massive Hazelwood open-pit brown coal mine, near Morwell in the Latrobe Valley. The fires overwhelmed local fire-fighting efforts and sent a skyful of embers sailing on to millions of square metres of exposed, highly flammable brown coal. Twelve hours later, the mine was burning.
The 2014 Hazelwood mine fire burned out of control for 45 days straight. As the air filled with toxic smoke and ash, residents of the Latrobe Valley became ill, afraid – and angry. Up against an unresponsive corporation and an indifferent government, the community banded together, turning tragedy into a political fight.
In Hazelwood, Tom Doig reveals the decades of decisions that led to the fire, and gives an intimate account of the first moments of the blaze and the dark months that followed. This is a gripping and immediate report of one of the worst environmental and public health disasters in Australian history.

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  • Hazelwood
    Tom Doig

    Trade Paperback

    9780143793342

    February 5, 2019

    Viking

    RRP $34.99

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  • Hazelwood
    Tom Doig

    EBook

    9781760144463

    February 5, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

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