Wind harvesting can sometimes be pretty tough on the harness, as one wind farm in Oklahoma learned this week.
On Tuesday, a wind turbine in Custer County broke in half and caught fire after a storm passed through the area, according to KWTV-DT.
When first responders arrived at the Traverse Wind Energy Center around 4:30 p.m., a turbine caught fire, according to Fox Weather.
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A representative for the Oklahoma Public Service Company said the site was secured and no one was injured.
The Doppler radar showed sweeping light around the wind farm at the time the turbine ignited, but there was no official connection between the storm and the blaze.
The wind farm has 356 GE turbines across two Oklahoma counties, making it one of the nation’s largest wind production facilities.
No other damage was reported.
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Last month, a wind turbine in Texas caught fire during a thunder storm.
After lightning struck a turbine at the Ford City wind farm in North Texas, the Crowell Volunteer Fire Department responded but was unable to do anything, Sheriff Perry Shaw said, according to Fox Weather.
“We are not equipped to handle that kind of fire. Shaw said.
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He assumed that the oil in the gearbox and the mineral oil in the transformer caused the black smoke to fill the sky.
“We did the training with the wind farm company, and they are not safe to approach in that case. There weren’t any people at risk of injury, so we let the fire do what it was going to do,” Shaw said.
Earlier this month, a wind turbine caught fire near the British city of Hull, according to the BBC.
“We started evacuating just for safety, and then the fire started,” said witness Sean Casey, who works nearby.
“It was pretty horrible to watch. The fire became quite intense. We fear that it may drop. We could see debris falling, all the cars had debris on them,” he said.
This article originally appeared in Western Magazine.
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