Helicopters fighting coal mine fire in Australia

Coulson S61 in Australia

A massive fire at a coal mine at Morwell, Victoria in Australia was fought with helicopters, as well as massive quantities of water from the ground. It is now under control after firefighters battled it for 29 days. The fire was most likely the result of a bushfire started by an arsonist.

Coulson’s Sikorsky S61 helicopters, working on contract down under, dropped water on the fire. We thank the Coulson company for sending us these photos.

Coulson S61 in Australia 3 Coulson S61 in Australia 4 Coulson S61 in Australia 2The video below was shot from the helmet cam of one of the pilots while dropping water on the fire.