Talk about being prophetic. Back in July I posted a letter from APAI to Algonquin warning them about the difficulty of fighting a fire on the Island, and how it isn’t that uncommon for a wind turbine to start a fire. Well, it wasn’t a wind turbine. It was an ATV whose hot muffler got it started. Compared to a wind turbine starting one, pretty small potatoes. Still, it quickly became rather large and required three fire departments – two from the mainland – to put it out. Story in the Whig.
No damage was done and more importantly nobody hurt, but there is a cautionary tale in this. The wind was relatively light out of the North, between 6 and 10 miles/hr (10 and 16 km/hr). Imagine what might have happened if it had been twice that speed. All of a sudden the APAI concerns look a whole lot less farfetched.