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Ravenshoe Windy Hill Turbine Fire

A WIND turbine has caught fire at Ravenshoe’s Windy Hill site. The site has been in action for 18 years and never had a fire.

Queensland Fire and Emergency crews battled the blaze from 3 pm yesterday, and crews stood by to ensure the blaze did not lead to surrounding grass fires.

The Cairns Post reported that Ratch spokesman Simon Greenacre confirmed that the fire was contained within a turbine nacelle, which is the cover that houses 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.”