Wildfire forces Tolko to suspend mill operations near Williams Lake

Maria Church
July 12, 2017
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A video uploaded to YouTube by RockDirtLogsMAK on July 8 shows Williams Lake, B.C., looking southbound Highway 97, five minutes from city centre.
A video uploaded to YouTube by RockDirtLogsMAK on July 8 shows Williams Lake, B.C., looking southbound Highway 97, five minutes from city centre.
July 12, 2017 - Tolko Industries' forestry operations near Williams Lake, B.C., are among those forced to shutdown until further notice due to wildfires in the area. 

Tolko first suspended its Soda Creek and Lakeview mills on Monday, putting in place 24/7 asset protection with an onsite team conducting fire protection tasks. 

"Our top priority remains the safety and well-being of our employees; many of whom have been displaced from their homes and are in a state of significant distress. Our message to our employees is to stay safe and look after your family and home needs first. We are taking inventory of employee location and the status of homes and family safety, so we can determine how best to provide support and assistance," the company wrote in a news release Sunday night. 

The company's woodlands employees and contractors are working with the BC Wildfire Service to aid in the firefighting efforts. 

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