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Company Pledges $50 Million In Recovery Funds After It’s Equipment Likely Sparked The Devastating Mill Fire

The Roseburg Forest Products Company has acknowledged that their equipment likely started the Mill Fire in Weed last Friday. The company’s mill produces its own electrical power with a co-generation facility using sawdust and scrap. The generator ejects hot ash that’s sprayed with cooling water, and the focus is now on the possible failure of the water-spraying function of the machine, which the company says is manufactured by a third party. The cause of the fire is not officially determined, nor has Roseburg been deemed responsible, but the company is nonetheless providing $50 Million for a community restoration fund to see to the needs of the fire survivors. A legal team has been assembled to handle monetary claims resulting from the damage. The Mill Fire moved at alarming speed through part of Weed and spread north to the Community of Lake Shastina Friday afternoon. Two women in Weed, ages 66 and 73, were killed, and 3 other civilians were injured. The fire is holding at 3,935 acres and it’s now 75% contained. Residents can access an online interactive map to see if their homes are among the 92 confirmed destroyed.