One of the many wildfires plaguing western states this summer swept through the construction site at FPL's 261 MW Stateline wind project in Washington, destroying six blades waiting to be fitted to one of the more than 400 Vestas 660 kW turbines to be installed by December. FPL Energy's Mary Wells puts the damage at about $200,000, but says it could have been more if the fire had not been slowed by a still open cable trench that had been dug downhill from the wind project. The blades have already been replaced. The blaze, which may have been caused by a passing train, burned about 2800 hectares over seven days. The project, which straddles the state line between Washington and Oregon, has been downsized from 300 MW to safeguard a ground squirrel (Windpower Monthly, August 2001) on Oregon's endangered species list.
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