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Firefighters to remain at Coolaroo fire for a number of days

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16 Jul 2017
Firefighters have spent a third night at the Coolaroo recycling plant fire.

The fire remains under control but is expected to keep smouldering for several more days.

Crews will remain on scene until it is fully extinguished.

MFB and CFA crews continue to be supported by teams from SA, NSW and ACT.

Earth moving equipment is being used to pull apart piles at the site to get to deep-seated fires which is a slow process.

At the same time as it’s being pulled apart, firefighters are using water and foam to suppress the fire and minimise the smoke.

It will take a least a couple of days to get through most of the piles.

Other agencies assisting include Victoria Police, Environment Protection Authority, State Emergency Service, Department of Health and Human Services, Ambulance Victoria, Hume City Council, Melbourne Water and Yarra Valley Water.

The Relief Centre at Broadmeadows Aquatic and Leisure Centre is open 8am-8pm Sunday for those residents in the affected area who may require respite from the smoke.

A Community Health Assessment Centre is open at the same location 8am-8pm Sunday for any residents affected by smoke who may require a medical assessment.

Residents should monitor the EPA AirWatch website for up to date air quality information: http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/monitoring-the-environment/epa-airwatch

Locals should also check the Vic Emergency website for the latest advice: http://emergency.vic.gov.au/

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