It will be interesting to learn precisely how the fire was brought under control as stated in the article given the nacelle is pretty high off the ground. Given UMPI's track record of obscuring the facts about this turbine, one might be wise to be skeptical of this claim. It looks as though there were no trees near the turbine. What if there were and what if we were in a drought and what if there were strong winds blowing? Clyde MacDonald has been warning Maine about the potential for wind turbine caused forest fires for years:
Wind Turbines and Forest Fires by Clyde MacDonald (6/13/11)
Forest fires and wind turbines: The danger no one is talking about (6/29/11)
Dangers of Wind Towers Overlooked (8/27/17)
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - Officials at the University of Maine at Presque Isle have been busy today assessing damage done to their wind turbine.
According to UMPI President Ray Rice, the generator of the wind turbine caught fire around 10:45 last night.
Rice said that produced an electrical surge which caused a good portion of the University to lose power.
The fire was brought under control and Rice said it lasted a relatively short amount of time............