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Fire contained at Norbord mill near High Level

May 6, 2016 - A fire that broke out at Norbord's Oriented Stranded Board mill yard in High Level, Alta. on May 4 has now been contained, according to recent news reports.

The fire started as a result of the hot, dry, windy weather conditions in northern Alberta, and spread to the log storage area outside the plant, the company stated. 

As a precaution, Norbord immediately suspended production at the mill. The company is in the process of assessing damage to the mill and the impact to its production schedule.

All non-essential mill employees were safely evacuated and no injuries have been reported. 

The High Level, Alberta mill has a stated annual production capacity of 860 million square feet (3/8-inch basis) and has been ramping up towards full production since resuming operations in late 2013. High Level is located approximately 720 kilometres northwest of Edmonton and 400 kilometres west of Fort McMurray. In a press release, Norbord stated that the fire is not believed to be related to any forest fires in the surrounding area.

May 6, 2016  By  Andrew Snook

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