The Fire at a Lumber Mill Kills 13 People and Damages More Than 1,000 Homes and Businesses

Lumber mill says hot ash may have sparked deadly wildfire

A fire at a nearby lumber mill killed at least 13 people and destroyed or damaged more than a thousand homes and several businesses.

Officials say the flames that raced through the mill caused the fire to explode out of control.

The state air quality officials have called the fire an “unprecedented event” and blame the fire’s origin on the hot ash from the burning mill.

The governor declared a state of emergency for several counties and has opened all of the state’s air operations facilities to receive and control the hazardous and toxic air.

The fire’s cause could not be determined early Wednesday evening.

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