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Fort St. John, Chetwynd mills curtailed due to wildfires

Curtailments will take 115 million board feet out of Canfor's Western Canadian production
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Production at Canfor sawmills in Fort St. John and Chetwynd will be curtailed starting on July 26.

The company said Tuesday it is curtailing production at its Canadian sawmills due to forest fires and supply chain disruptions resulting from freight rail traffic being reduced.

The Fort St. John mill is being curtailed for two weeks and the Chetwynd mill for three weeks. The curtailments will take roughly 115 million board feet out of Canfor's Western Canadian production.

“The wildfires burning in Western Canada are significantly impacting the supply chain and our ability to transport product to market," Stephen Mackie, Canfor's executive vice president of North American operations, said in a press release.

"As a result, we are implementing short-term production curtailments at our Canadian sawmills beginning July 26. We are developing site specific plans to minimize the impacts to our employees and contractors."

The Western Canadian supply chain has been severely disrupted due to some railway infrastructure being damaged by fires, and government orders to halt train traffic or reduce speeds on rail lines in B.C., due to the potential risk the trains pose in starting fires.

Investigations are still underway to determine if the fire that obliterated the town of Lytton was caused by sparks from a train.

The Transport Safety Board is also investigating whether a recent grassfire in Alberta was also caused by sparks from train tracks.

— with files from Business in Vancouver

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