“Just let them burn and they will eventually burn out.” That was the advice provided by Joe Bocian, project manager for the Pinnacle wind project under construction on the top of the Allegheny Front above Keyser, WV, in the event of a wind turbine fire.
You might recall our concern that, while Edison’s “let it burn” emergency preparedness plan might work on the flat-lands, applying that logic to the isolated top of Green Mountain might be seriously problematic. We suspect a turbine “throwing fireballs” on the top of a mountain might be considered a very serious issue.
Well, a recent wind turbine fire in Texas might just tell you all you need to know. “Just after 10 o’clock Sunday night, Buffalo Gap, View and Ecca Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a fire at the Taylor County ranch of Texas House Representative Susan King. They used eight trucks to quickly contain the fire to about 2 acres.”
Think of that, folks! Rapid response with eight trucks to an easily reached flat area contained the fire to about 2 acres. I doubt you could get eight trucks to any one location on Green Mountain, let alone respond promptly. The potential on the Allegheny Front is dozens of acres.
The Texas Representative says she wants to help the volunteer fire company receive some kind of compensation for their time and effort. Excellent!
And how about the wind company? Next Era Energy, their friendly wind operator said, “We have supported each of these volunteer fire departments in the past financially to help them purchase needed equipment because we recognize the important work that they do.”
KTXS – Abilene checked that statement out with the local volunteers were told “they haven’t gotten help from Next Era in about 4 years.
Oh, by the way … this wasn’t their first fire.