Three West Fraser mills suspend operations over wildfires
July 11, 2017 - West Fraser has suspended operations at three of its mills in B.C. as the province declares a state of emergency due to escalating wildfire activity.
By Maria Church
West Fraser’s 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Chasm operations have all been temporarily shut down. Employees from 100 Mile House have evacuated along with the community. Staff have been deployed at the other two mills to protect the facilities and the communities.
“The health and safety of all our West Fraser families is of paramount importance. Extraordinary efforts by our highly professional and dedicated employees have helped safeguard our affected assets to date,” the company states in a news release.
The three mills have a combined annual capacity of 800 million board feet of lumber and 270 million square feet of plywood.
“At this time, West Fraser is uncertain how long our 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and Chasm operations will be suspended and is unable to assess the impact on lumber and plywood production,” the company states.