Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Turbine Malfunction Sparks 68-acre Wildfire

Whitewater Canyon blaze blamed on windmill

Firefighters have fully contained a 68-acre wildfire in the Whitewater Canyon area about 1.5 miles north of Interstate 10, according to CAL FIRE.

Fire officials expect to have the blaze under control by 8 a.m.

Saturday. Whitewater Canyon Road has reopened to traffic.

The Alta Mesa fire, reported at 6:19 a.m., is not threatening homes, spokeswoman Jodi Miller said."It's in a pretty remote area," Miller said.

It was caused by an undetermined problem with a wind turbine, according to CAL FIRE.

Source: TheDesertSun.com, September 14, 2007

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