Willow Creek Mine Fire - A Chronology of Events


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Week of January 10, 1999

Exploration was completed in the D-Northeast Mains to No. 36 Crosscut, in the D-1 Northwest Headgate to No. 12 Crosscut, and in the D-2 Northwest Headgate to No. 6 Crosscut. No evidence of damage from heat was found in these areas.

Mine rescue teams successfully completed the recovery/re-ventilation phase in the D-Northeast Mains to between Nos. 34 and 35 Crosscuts. Explosion resistant seals were completed in the D-1 Northwest Tailgate between Nos. 7 and 8 Crosscuts and in the D-1 Northwest Headgate between Nos. 10 and 11 Crosscuts. Monitoring locations were established inby the explosion resistant seals and the substantial stoppings. The fire area was effectively isolated with explosion resistant seals from the rest of the mine.

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