Investigators comb through lumber warehouse where blaze first reported

Investigators comb through lumber warehouse where blaze first reported


Cal Fire investigators combed through the remains of a lumber mill warehouse and the area nearby on Friday and Saturday, searching for clues as to what sparked the fast-moving blazes that torched dozens of homes in the tiny town of Weed.

The Mill Fire ravaged the massive storage warehouse owned by Roseburg Forest Products on Friday and spread into the Siskiyou County town, where it razed or damaged 50 houses. Officials at Cal Fire have not determined a cause, but firefighters were first dispatched to the Mill Fire as a structure fire at the mill shortly before 1 p.m. Friday.

“We don’t know how or where the fire started,” said Rebecca Taylor, a spokesperson for the Oregon company. “Whether it started right on the edge of the property or on the property.”

The fire completely destroyed the old warehouse where Roseburg stored spare equipment for its veneer mill nearby, she said.

Cal Fire investigators combed through the remains of Roseburg Forest Products’ storage warehouse in Weed (Siskiyou County) for clues to the origin of the Mill Fire.

Cal Fire investigators combed through the remains of Roseburg Forest Products’ storage warehouse in Weed (Siskiyou County) for clues to the origin of the Mill Fire.

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“We weren’t doing any work around that building at the time,” Taylor said. “Every once in awhile we might go into that building to get spare parts, but that’s it.”



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