LONGVIEW, Wash. – A significant fire is currently raging at the Weyerhaeuser Paper Company in Longview, Washington, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation Southwest (WSDOT SW). The fire was reported by officials at 6:39 p.m. at the Nippon Dynawave chip operation, commonly known as Weyerhaeuser Paper Company, located at 1701 Industry Way, as confirmed by Longview Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway.
In response to the blaze, Industrial Way has been closed in both directions from Washington Way to Oregon Way, as stated by WSDOT SW. The public is advised to avoid the area and anticipate delays.
Numerous fire personnel from various agencies across Cowlitz County have been battling the fire. Dunaway mentioned that the fire has been contained within the property, but smoke continues to linger. Residents are urged to remain indoors, ensuring doors and windows are shut.
Dunaway stated, “Longview fire department arrived with Cowlitz 2 fire and rescue. We found a sizable fire and we needed more resources. We called in multiple agencies from Cowlitz County, as well as Clark County.”
Several individuals reported heavy smoke in the area on Tuesday evening, prompting news tips to be received by KGW, our news partner.
Fortunately, all employees and firefighting teams have been safely accounted for, with no reported injuries.
Dunaway also revealed, “There has been some equipment on site that was damaged but… Again, we are surrounding it and we are working the fire, and this is going to be a long-term incident in terms of being able to get through the piles and apply water and put the fire out.”
Currently, there is no available information regarding the cause of the fire.
Dunaway further stated, “There will be an investigation at some point. That’s going to be much later into this incident.”
This report contains information provided by our news partner, KGW.