BOISE, Idaho – Boise Cascade announced as of Wednesday morning, its manufacturing and distribution operations in Medford, White City and Phoenix, Oregon, have not sustained any significant damage from a series of wildfires that have prompted the evacuation of more than 80,000 people. The state’s governor has declared a state of emergency.
“Thankfully at this point in time, we are not aware of any injuries to our associates or their families. Our hearts are with them during this devastating time,” said Nick Stokes, executive vice president, Building Materials Distribution division. “However, the situation is fluid, volatile and still unfolding. Our Medford distribution operations are currently shut down.”
The Company is grateful for the outpouring of support; however, its leadership is urging caution and patience. “We understand that our customers, suppliers and associates outside the area are very concerned and want to help,” said Mike Brown, executive vice president, Wood Products division. “The best thing we can do right now is let the emergency responders work on containment of the fires. It is not safe or practical to attempt to deliver supplies or donations into the area. Part of Interstate 5 and Highway 199 are closed, and travel is slow and unreliable all along the coast. Once we understand what the needs are in the coming days and the most appropriate way to organize assistance, we will share details.”
The Company’s local associates are helping out where it’s safe to do so, even though many of them have had to evacuate their own homes.
“In Medford, we have opened up the mills for associates to gather, as shelters and hotels are full,” said Chris Seymour, vice president, Wood Products manufacturing operations. “We’re allowing fire crews to stage at our plywood site and doing whatever we can to help the community during this crisis.”