Wind Turbines the Perfect Bushfire Starters: Fire & Fury Coming Soon to Your Backyard

As Australians brace for a searing summer, spare a thought for communities riddled with wind turbines: the perfect incendiary device. Around the world, hundreds have blown up in balls of flame – in the process – each one raining molten metal and over 1,000 litres of flaming gear oil and hydraulic fluid (see our post here) and burning plastic earthwards.

Wind turbine fires are ten times more common than the wind industry and its parasites claim (see our post here and check out this website: http://turbinesonfire.org).

The wind industry has been forced to concede that at least 4 bushfires were started by wind turbines in Australia, so far:

  • Ten Mile Lagoon in Western Australia in the mid-1990s;
  • Lake Bonney, Millicent (SA) in January 2006 (see the photo below);
  • Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm, Port Lincoln (SA) in February 2009 (see The Advertiser article below); and
  • Starfish Hill (SA) in November 2010 (see this link for more detail).

Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm turbine fire
The Advertiser
2 February 2009

A $6 MILLION wind turbine has caught fire near Port Lincoln, starting blazes on the ground as embers fall.

The fire, at the Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm about 30km southwest of the town, was first noticed by a boat about 1am.

The turbine is alight halfway up its 60m structure, making it difficult for the 14 Country Fire Service firefighters trying to deal with it to extinguish the blaze.

They are also busy controlling the spotfires, but consider the situation to be safe.

The cause of the blaze is as yet unknown.
The Advertiser

As the wind industry would have it, these things are as safe as houses. And present no risk to anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Except, those forced to live with them cheek by jowl might be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Here’s just the latest clean-energy conflagration to set your nerves on edge this summer. This time the self-immolating culprit was situated at Windy Hill, west of Cairns in Far North Queensland.

Ravenshoe wind turbine goes up in flames
The Cairns Post
Andrea Falvo
13 November 2018

A WIND turbine has gone up in flames at Ravenshoe’s Windy Hill for the first time since operations began 18 years ago.

Several Queensland Fire and Emergency (QFES) crews attended the blaze, which ignited about 3pm.

A QFES spokeswoman said crews stood by for safety in the event that it led to a grass fire.

Ratch spokesman Simon Greenacre confirmed a turbine at the company’s Windy Hill Wind Farm had caught alight.

He said the fire was contained within a turbine nacelle, the cover housing the generating components.

“The fire is now out,” he said.

“There were no injuries to Ratch or TWPS personnel or the public.

“Emergency services established an exclusion zone around the turbine to ensure no one got hurt.

“We are not aware of any property damage or interruptions to electricity supply in the local area.”

Mr Greenacre said an investigation into the fire would be carried out.

“The reason for the fire will not be known until our technicians complete their investigation,” he said.

“It was the wind farm’s first fire since the 20-turbine wind farm began operations in 2000.”

Firefighters are currently on scene monitoring the blaze, which appears to have started at the top of one of the turbines on Windy Hill.

“We’re currently on scene and we’re just standing by for safety just in case it causes a grass fire,” a Queensland Fire and Emergency spokeswoman said.

“We’ve got one fire crew out there, another one of the way and we should have rurals on their way as well.

“Police are up there as well.”

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.
The Cairns Post

Safe as … So, who’s ready for bushfire season?

About stopthesethings

We are a group of citizens concerned about the rapid spread of industrial wind power generation installations across Australia.

Comments

  1. Just as you stated STT,
    “Coming soon to your backyard”

    As another one bites the dust and burns.

    https://nbc25news.com/news/local/wind-turbine-on-fire-in-huron-county

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