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City of Yakima issues stop work order for former mill site

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YAKIMA, Wash. – City coding officials issued a stop work order Friday for Dunollie Enterprises because of multiple fires on company property at the former Boise-Cascade mill site.

"It is my professional opinion that operations in the structures during salvage work are producing fires beyond the capability of Dunollie Enterprises and its equipment, protocols and procedures to prevent and/or to contain without assistance," said Yakima Fire Marshal Joe Caruso in the stop work order.

The City of Yakima cited 15 responses since July 2009 as part of the decision including the most recent one last week. Caruso explained that the response last Wednesday as well as a large fire on July 21 pushed the city to take this action.

"I believe the ongoing salvage work poses an imminent threat to public safety, human life, health and property," Caruso said in the document.

The stop work order requires all operations halted as well as no use of any equipment that might generate a spark or any materials that might be flammable. The previous 24-7 fire watch run by the company must be replaced with a third party, according to the document. The Yakima Fire Department can provide that service but then Dunollie would need to reimburse the city for those services. Other businesses not creating a fire threat are not impacted by the policy.

City officials plan to meet with representatives of the company within 10 business days to discuss the issues raised by the stop work order.

Click here to read the entire stop work order.