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Firefighters Respond To Fire At Brightwood Plant

CULVER, OR -- Jefferson County firefighters responded to a fire at the Culver Brightwood plant, Tuesday afternoon. Initial reports indicated the blower on a woodchip bin were on fire. 

Using a 105' aerial ladder, crews stretched hose lines to the top of the blower tube leading into the smoking bin. The fire was contained and caused minimal damage. 

The cause was later determined to be accumulated dust that caught fire due to friction created by the device. Although this is a large commercial wood-processing facility, fire officials remind everyone fires can occur in any mechanical device that produces dust. They urge people to follow manufacturers' recommendations when cleaning such equipment. 

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