Wind Turbine Failure Or, wait a few minutes, it will be a much easier fire to reach…. May 2011 Here are some photos of what happens when transmission failures occur in windmills. To date no gear oil has been invented to withstand the pressures produced within these transmissions. Most recently, the government gave DowCorning a big grant to work on it. Previously, many others had tried and failed. if you see one of these starting to smoke...RUN! (F.Y.I.) It’s really nice to see that people will keep designing things that will keep firefighters busy. All these new things for firefighters to study! Think about the ‘collapse zone’ radius from those babies! Boy, they really burn good, don't they?