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Wind turbine fire in Sleaford  

Credit:  2023-01-25 Chanel Zampogna cfs.sa.gov.au ~~

CFS [South Australia Country Fire Service] were called to a wind turbine fire in Sleaford [“Cathedral Rocks” wind energy facility], west of Port Lincoln on the State’s Eyre Peninsula at approximately 10.00pm yesterday evening.

3 CFS trucks and command crews supported by SAPOL have attended the private property where a wind turbine was already well involved in fire.

The motor of the wind turbine is believed to have been the ignition point of the fire, with two blades also burning. Debris from the turbine has sparked a small grass fire approximately 150metres in length below.

Due to the unsafe conditions within close proximity of the turbine, heavy machinery is enroute to the scene to create containment lines around the grass fire in order to prevent spread. Losses are estimated to be contained to the replacement value of the turbine.

There may be smoke visible by early morning in the area but given the isolated nature of the property this is not expected to impact any neighbouring townships heavily.

CFS Crews will remain on scene overnight to monitor the conditions of the burn and ensure the area continues to remain blocked off from public access for safety.

Source:  2023-01-25 Chanel Zampogna cfs.sa.gov.au

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