Springfield Mill Fire Fully Contained

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Thursday’s massive fire is now fully contained, but not before devastation. Crews from eight different jurisdictions worked to put out the fire, but also battled high temperatures winds and low humidity. Then there were the technical difficulties. “The sprinkler system as the building collapsed broke open, so we had open pipes flowing … Continue reading »

Residents React to Evacuations

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Some home and business owners near the Springfield mill fire were placed under a mandatory evacuation for about two hours as fire crews battled the fire. Most got a call on their phones telling them to evacuate. Others had police officers come to their doors. And all would agree it was a … Continue reading »

Spot Fires South of Springfield Mill

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Fire crews have been putting out small spot fires overnight and into Friday, likely sparked by debris that drifted from the mill fire. Fire crews have responded to fires in a sixty acre radius. One homeowner, several miles south in Creswell, says debris fell into her yard. The Springfield mill fire will … Continue reading »

Mill Employees Look For Work After Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Employees of the Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill spent Friday watching their former site of work as crews continued to mop up the fire.  As the company works to go over its insurance policies, 250 employees are wondering what they are going to do in the meantime without work. “It was just heartbreaking to … Continue reading »

Fire Breaks Out at Mt. Pisgah

EUGENE, Ore. — Just a day after a massive fire at a Springfield mill, fire crews were once again put to the test Friday as a fire ignited near Mt. Pisgah. Lane County Parks is investigating the cause of the fire. It broke out Friday afternoon in the northwest portion of Buford Park. Crews worked … Continue reading »

Employees React to Mill Fire

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Dozens of employees were inside Springfield Plywood and Veneer Mill as a fire broke out just before 5 p.m. Thursday. It was a frantic scene for employees at the mill run by Swanson Group. They say they feared for their lives and had to act fast. They said their decisions were a … Continue reading »

Crews Battle Fire at Springfield Mill

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The fire started a little before 5 p.m. Thursday evening and watched closely by fire crews, allowed to continue on through the night. Firefighters have yet to get inside to see what happened, but say they believe it began in a dryer. Despite the fact that Eugene-Springfield fire crews showed up just … Continue reading »

Woman Walks Across America

ALBANY, Ore. –  Three months ago, a 51-year-old Connecticut woman left from the YMCA in Albany to walk across the country. More than 3,000 miles away, Donna Stokes is now back home on the East Coast. “I’m pleased with myself; I’m proud of myself, and I’m happy I got to see all that America has to … Continue reading »

Fire at Springfield Swanson Mill

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Fire crews from several agencies responded to a fire at Swanson Group’s Springfield Plywood & Veneer mill Thursday evening. The fire started at about 4:41 p.m at 1651 South F Street, near S 18th and Booth Kelly Road. An evacuation notice was in effect for a one-mile radius of 26th and South M Street, … Continue reading »

Springfield Cruz Changes

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — This weekend is heaven for anyone who loves classic cars. But there will be one major change in the 16th annual Springfield Cruz. The Saturday Cruz Night along Main Street isn’t happening this year. Tami Miller, one of the organizers, says it’s too expensive and sponsorship was too low. But you can … Continue reading »

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