The fire now burning at Delta Timber & Landscape Supply in Montrose is expected to take days to fully extinguish.
A blaze kindled the night of April 16 and ignited large, dense sawdust piles at the North Townsend Avenue business, burning at least one structure and several vehicles inside, according to Montrose Fire Protection District.
Firefighters worked through the night to protect exposures and other structures and were in active containment April 17.
Powerful winds that gusted in the 40 mph range on April 16 and continued pounding Montrose today for now preclude firefighters from spreading out the massive sawdust piles and extinguishing the flames.
MFPD Chief Tad Rowan said crews are being rotated every six to eight hours and he expects for them to be on scene a few days or more.
The fire’s cause has not been determined; Rowan said it is possibly a rekindle from an earlier burn.
There is no estimate at this time on either property loss or suppression costs, but both are presumed to be significant.
See the April 18 Montrose Daily Press for more details.