Georgia-Pacific’s Philomath planer mill was briefly evacuated Tuesday afternoon when smoke appeared in part of the plant.

The Philomath Fire Department responded to an alarm at the lumber mill shortly before 4 p.m., but G-P employees quickly put out the small blaze. No injuries were reported.

“It was pretty much over by the time I got there,” Chief Tom Phelps said.

Phelps said the fire may have been caused by a piece of wood that was lodged in the planer. The mill’s automatic sprinkler system kicked in, and workers used hand-held extinguishers to douse the flames.

Philomath firefighters checked the building with a thermal imager and an air monitor, and work resumed after only a few minutes. The mill, located on the west end of Philomath at 24808 Highway 34, employs about 30 people.

The Corvallis Fire Department sent an engine company to provide coverage, and a mutual aid call to the Monroe Fire Department was canceled en route.

Special Projects Editor, Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald

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