The writer, Marina Schauffler, before becoming a journalist served as a communications consultant to numerous environmental organizations and agencies. In the piece, excepted below, she talks about the threat of wind driven fires, suggesting that wind speeds are getting higher.
From the article:
"Historically, the state’s largest and most destructive fires have been wind-driven, Mints noted: “Here in Maine, wind is our nemesis.”
However, nowhere in the article is there any mention of the dire threat to Maine forests posed by wind turbine fires. Wind turbines catch fire. That is an established fact and the number of wind turbine fires increases every year. We can probably expect more of such fires in Maine as more and more wind turbines are placed in our forests. Basically, the approach to dealing with wind turbines on fire is to let them burn out as the burning blades and nacelles are often out of reach for firefighters. While this might suffice on the Great Plains, where burning prairie fires can be contained, such is not the case for a fire on a remote wind turbine deep in the dry woods on a mountain with the wind whipping the flames. Very simply, wind turbines in the Maine woods are a very serious accident waiting to happen.