Australian Industrial Wind Turbine Awareness Network
10th December 2012
INCREASED FIRE RISK FROM WIND TURBINES
The recent weekend bushfires near proposed wind energy developments, one in Victoria, in the area of the proposed Cherry Tree wind energy project and one on the Yorke Peninsula, SA near the proposed CERES Wind Energy project clearly highlight the danger of locating large industrial wind turbines in high fire risk areas.
Rural fire brigades are not equipped to extinguish fires in 150m high burning turbines and must wait for the turbine to collapse before they can safely extinguish the fire.
This is completely at odds with the long-standing protocol of timely attendance and speedy fire suppression to remove the threat of fire spreading.