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Ravenshoe wind turbine goes up in flames

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.

A Wwindturbine 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.”

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A Wwind 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.


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NOV 13 2018
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