Forest Fire Destroys Arauco Plywood Plant

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 01/04/2012 9:44AM


NUEVA ALDEA, CHILE - A wide-spreading forest fire destroyed Arauco's largest plywood plant earlier this week

Arauco Plywood Plant fireStringer 2012 AFP Arauco said the fire also damaged the plywood plant's log yard and some of the company's radiata pine plantation.

"(A) coordinated effort to fight the fire at the Nueva Aldea site, allowed us to control and prevent it from affecting the pulp mill and other operations," the company reports on its website. More than 500 firefighters battled the blaze both inside and outside the complex Arauco employees and personnel of the National Office of Emergency (ONEMI) also participated to bring the fire under control.

The company said no fatalities or serious injuries occurred.


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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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