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Canfor reopens Houston mill after two-week shutdown due to wildfire disruptions

August 11, 2021  By  Ellen Cools

Canfor reopened its Houston, B.C., sawmill this week after a two-week shutdown, which was the result of rail system bottlenecks and other issues caused by the wildfires in southern B.C.

According to Houston Today, the rail system bottlenecks led to a backlog of lumber that could not be easily taken to market, so Canfor chose to close the mill and shutter operations at other locations until it cleared up.

Canfor’s Plateau mill is scheduled to reopen on Aug. 16. The closures of the mills has led to the loss of 115 mmbf in production.

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