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Sawdust fire sparks up on Seneca Saw Mill property

Fire crews worked through the night to monitor a smoldering scene where flames sparked around 3:00 AM Monday morning.

Posted: Sep 3, 2018 8:01 AM
Updated: Sep 4, 2018 9:41 AM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Fire officials responded to a sawdust fire on Highway 99 south and Milliron road at 3 a.m. Monday. Investigators say the fire sparked on property owned by the Seneca Saw Mill.  

Junction City Fire and Lane Fire Authority worked on containing the fire along with Seneca workers. All crews on scene were cleared by 6:00 a.m., but property owners stayed on site to monitor for hot spots. 

The fire chief said this fire didn't do much damage. The forest products that caught fire generate heat all summer long so this fire came as no suprise for crews. 

The fire chief said the timing of this fire could've affected the outcome.

“Anytime we can get a small fire like this and contain it quickly, it will keep it from spreading to those much larger fuel loads," said Chief Brandon Nicol. 

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