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Although a small fire broke out at the Columbia Forest Products plant late Friday morning, no one was injured and plant operations have not ceased, the company said Monday.

The fire started about 11:30 Friday morning and black smoke could be observed from the site, off Highway 97 just south of Klamath Falls.

Plant Manager Randy Marsh said in a statement, “The company’s frontline suppression efforts were successful.” (The fire was knocked down within a half-hour according to observers).

“Local fire departments were called in and verified that the fire was under control,” Marsh said. “No employees were injured and no operations were curtailed.”

“The company appreciates the community concern over seeing an abnormal amount of smoke. But everyone in the facility is safe and busy.” The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Columbia Forest Products employs about 300 people.

Klamath County Fire District 1 responded to this fire with one engine, one battalion chief as aid to District 4. Fire Marshal Brandon Thueson responded to assist personnel with incident management. The facility is outside the fire district but it provide aid to District 4 on structure fire calls.