Willow Creek Mine Fire A Chronology of Events


Week of November 22, 1998

On Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at approximately 6:20 pm, a mine fire occurred at the Cyprus Plateau Mining Corporation's Willow Creek Mine, which is located near Price, Utah. The accident occurred near the longwall tailgate area during normal coal production. No injuries resulted from the incident, however, several longwall crew members were knocked down by the ensuing rush of air. An orange colored flame was observed in the gob that appeared to move toward the face area and then back into the gob.

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