Fire chief: Blaze at lumber mill near Junction City could burn 'for days'

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - A fire at a lumber mill could burn "for days," according to firefighters.

The fire was reported in stacked wood at Wood Recovery Inc., 29229 Milliron Rd, around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Fire crews have been able to break the fire into three separate burns, and crews are keeping those separate fires in check.

The total fire area is estimated to be approximately 30 acres.

Chief Terry Ney from Lane Fire Authority said the fire is burning in a quarter mile-long stack of wood, enough fuel to burn for days.

The damp weather on Sunday morning has helped keep the burn in check, but dryer and warmer weather in the coming days has crews worried about the fire spreading.

As of now, all buildings and property have remained unharmed.

Eleven fire agencies from two counties dispatched 80 personnel to fight the fire and try to keep it from spreading to buildings surrounding the lumber yard.

Ney said crews are aggressively attacking the fire to contain it where it is.

At the moment, conserving water has been a concern for fire crews, and all efforts are being directed at holding the fire where it currently is.


The Eugene Police Department asked drivers to avoid Highway 99N near Milliron Road, between Eugene and Junction City.

"Multiple fire agencies are actively involved in fighting a fire in log decks," police said in a statement.

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People driving in the area took note of the fire - and how police and firefighters handled the nearby road.

"My 'chuckle' at the end was not laughter at the disaster, it was a reflex response of 'how the heck do those guys fight that and win'," Travis Sapp said when sharing this video.

"Police and fire were exceptionally well organized and able to keep the road open," Sapp said. "They should be applauded."

Wood Recovery was founded in 1991. The company operates in Junction City and Sweet Home.

"We specialize in turning residual fir, pine, and hardwood into wood chips, largely for the paper industry, and hog fuel for co-gen plants," according to the company website.

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