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Open fires banned on Wolfe Island following wind tower scare

"Last month there was a controlled fire that got out of control pretty quickly," Jablonicky said. "By 3 o'clock we lost visual sight of one turbine and another turbine shut down. They have built in detectors, and the fire got pretty large. Our guys called the fire department and to their credit James' crew arrived and dealt with the fire pretty quickly," Mike said. " If we had men up in those towers, it could have been disastrous.

Finally the rain that usually arrives in March has come to the region but not soon enough to prevent a grassfire at the head of the island. This was a cause of real concern, not only to fire Chief James White, but very particularly to Mike Jablonicky, Site Supervisor of the Wolfe Island Wind Farm, when it threatened turbines # 2 and 5. Both Mike and the Chief attended the Township of Frontenac Islands' April meeting on Howe Island.

"Last month there was a controlled fire that got out of control pretty quickly," Jablonicky said. "By 3 o'clock we lost visual sight of one turbine and another turbine shut down. They have built in detectors, and the fire got pretty large. Our guys called the fire department and to their credit James' crew arrived and dealt with the fire pretty quickly," Mike said. " If we had men up in those towers, it could have been disastrous. I believe the Fire Department has to issue fire permits for burning and maybe we need to know and where they are. I am not looking for a ban on burning but when a ban is in place, it must have some teeth, some consequence like fines, if it is violated. We need to protect our people, our turbines and... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Finally the rain that usually arrives in March has come to the region but not soon enough to prevent a grassfire at the head of the island. This was a cause of real concern, not only to fire Chief James White, but very particularly to Mike Jablonicky, Site Supervisor of the Wolfe Island Wind Farm, when it threatened turbines # 2 and 5. Both Mike and the Chief attended the Township of Frontenac Islands' April meeting on Howe Island.

"Last month there was a controlled fire that got out of control pretty quickly," Jablonicky said. "By 3 o'clock we lost visual sight of one turbine and another turbine shut down. They have built in detectors, and the fire got pretty large. Our guys called the fire department and to their credit James' crew arrived and dealt with the fire pretty quickly," Mike said. " If we had men up in those towers, it could have been disastrous. I believe the Fire Department has to issue fire permits for burning and maybe we need to know and where they are. I am not looking for a ban on burning but when a ban is in place, it must have some teeth, some consequence like fines, if it is violated. We need to protect our people, our turbines and our investment in the community.

Chief White also expressed much frustration with the fact that field burns are started without permits and no apparent concern for the winds or dry conditions." If a land owner wants to burn off land, there is no safe way of doing it. Think of what could have happened if men had been in those towers and had to rappel down. A fire ban is now in place until further notice," he said, "but we need a Wolfe Island bylaw, something with consequences." Mayor Vanden Hoek moved the discussion forward and members determined that a simple, but all inclusive, Wolfe Island bylaw be presented at a special budget meeting. (that meeting happened and so did the by law) In general terms the only open air burnings allowed now in the Wolfe Island ward are an Approved Brush/Yard Waste Fire, an Approved Incinerator Fire, a Camping Fire and an Outdoor Fireplace. The chief must be notified if a brush/yard/waste fire is to take place. The burning of buildings, hay, straw, open fields, tires or anything restricted by the Ministry of the Environment is prohibited and there are fines. The entire bylaw is posted at: www.municipality.frontenacislands.on.ca Note also that burning is not permitted during high winds, dry conditions or when smoke is a nuisance to neighbouring properties.


Source: http://www.emcfrontenac.ca/...

APR 22 2010
http://www.windaction.org/posts/25843-open-fires-banned-on-wolfe-island-following-wind-tower-scare
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