Oct 13, 2014 4:36 PM by News Staff
The badly damaged Roseburg Lumber Mill in Weed, the town's largest employer, reopened Monday, well ahead of their Thanksgiving target date.
The Roseburg Sawmill was badly damaged in last month's Boles Fire. Some outer buildings in the mill complex were completely destroyed, but the main structure survived. A pile of wood chips several stories high continued burning days after the blaze broke out.
The fire affected the jobs of 135 of the employees at Weed; however, Roseburg was able to quickly keep 90-100 of those employees working during the interim. Another 55-60 employees were relocated to Roseburg, Oregon.
On Monday all of the transferred employees returned to work in Weed.
In the days following the fire, company officials said their goal was to be reopened by Thanksgiving. Monday's reopening is well ahead of schedule, but repairs to the mill will likely take until the first quarter of 2015.