Defence Investigating State Mine Fire
19 October 2013
Defence today confirmed that it is investigating the circumstances of the State Mine Fire near Lithgow, New South Wales.
The fire started on 16 October, the same day that Defence personnel were conducting an explosive ordnance training activity at Marangaroo Training Area. Defence is investigating if the two events are linked.
The primary concern at this stage is for the safety of the communities in the vicinity of the fire, then the ongoing investigation which will review both the incident and Defence procedures.
Our thoughts are with those who have lost property or whose property is threatened by these devastating fires.
Defence will work with the NSW Rural Fire Service to investigate the incident and Defence procedures, once the fire has been extinguished.
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